The self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet,” Brock Lesnar, was forced to withdraw from his UFC 131 matchup against fellow coach on The Ultimate Fighter 13 Junior Dos Santos after symptoms of diverticulitis returned. Despite the unfortunate setback, the former UFC heavyweight champion is optimistic about his return.
“Yeah, I’m very disappointed,” said Lesnar on “The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo”. “This has not only mentally but this has been very physically strenuous on me, since my first bout with Diverticulitis in 2009. Having to back away from a fight is not something that I think anybody likes to do, surely me.
“The first time it happened to me and to fall under the same circumstances, I thought I had this thing beaten and I’m very disappointed but getting past that and understand that my health is very important. I got another doctor’s appointment on Thursday and a consultation where we’re going to go over and just try to figure out the best approach to try to handle this and it may be surgery and it may be not. We’re reviewing other options here to try to help me but, I want to get back into the Octagon sooner than later.”
Lesnar is one of the biggest draws in the UFC, so his return will be a very anticipated one. All Lesnar said in his quote was that he wants to get back sooner than later, but he did not give a specific time frame, however, UFC president Dana White did give us one.
White said, “I’m optimistic that Brock (Lesnar) will bounce back from this thing. Maybe by the first of the year.”
Having Lesnar on a card to open up 2012 would be huge for the UFC. They’d have back one of their big draws and a top level heavyweight fight to headline the New Year’s card. The most important thing for Lesnar is to be healthy and it will be great to see him back in action.