UFC president Dana White has confirmed that an illness will force heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to pull out of his UFC 106 title fight against Shane Carwin. According to the challenger, it appears that their scrap won’t be canceled, but pushed back a couple of months until UFC 108 comes around on January 2nd.
White did not go into specifics regarding the Lesnar’s condition, however told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that his biggest draw hasn’t been able to train for nearly a month because he has gotten so sick.
“He said he’s never been this sick in his life,” White said. “He said it’s been going on for a long time and he just hasn’t been able to shake it.”
Before the story went public, the normally upbeat Carwin posted some rather depressing messages on his Twitter account, leading one to believe that today was not going to be a good one for the 34-year-old.
“Very disappointing,” Carwin Tweeted at about 12:47 today. “It’s [disappointing] hearing about your career and life through the media. Nothing from the [bosses] yet.”
And now, unfortunately, we know what he was referring to. The good news is that he followed-up those posts 30 minutes later stating that his shot at UFC gold was still alive.
“I just heard from Jason. Looks like it is postponed till Jan 2. I had h1ni myself and I understand how devastating it can be,” Carwin Tweeted.
We were not able to confirm Carwin’s information in regards to the postponed rematch date or Lesnar’s contraction of the H1N1 flu (Swine Flue) virus at the time of publication.
UFC 108 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It is believed that the show will be headlined by UFC champ Anderson Silva’s middleweight title defense against Vitor Belfort, however that will change if Carwin’s info holds true.
Lesnar has silenced most of his MMA critics since capturing the UFC title a couple scraps back. Although he only owns a 4-1 pro mark, they are some of the most exciting and dominating five fights you have ever seen.
Carwin holds a perfect 11-0 record and was eagerly awaiting his opportunity to slay MMA’s biggest superstar, literally and figuratively.
The two have been involved in a verbal sparring session since Lesnar unified the heavyweight crown at UFC 100 back in July. It wasn’t the win that had Carwin irritated, it was Lesnar’s WWE-like antics after the scrap that had him heated.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just LAME,” Carwin stated. “He may be a Champion but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a Champion. The fans are why we do this Brock. This sport is not about fat paychecks and drama, it is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did last night.”
Lesnar responded by questioning the level of talent Carwin’s faced to earn his perfect 11-0 record. The champ all but assured fans that Carwin would be leaving the Octagon with the first blemish of his career after their November 21st showdown.
It is being reported that the co-main event between former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin has been bumped to the night’s featured attraction.
Here are the fighters rumored to be competing inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center:
Brock Larson and Brian Foster
Jason Dent vs. George Sotiropoulos
Fabricio Camoes vs. Caol Uno
Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt
Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders
Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah
Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan
Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz