UFC Champ Brock Lesnar Won’t Return Before Summer of 2010

Written by Tom Ngo
December 19th, 2009

Brock Lesnar’s camp has just released a YouTube video updating the UFC heavyweight champion’s status.  Although Lesnar does not talk in the clip, in fact there’s no audio outside of Metallica’s Enter Sandman, Team Lesnar provides bullet points on his condition, stating that the earliest he could be back would be in the summer of 2010.

“Brock Lesnar IS recovering and will expect to know if he needs another surgical operation soon. If it is not needed, he can attempt to make a near summer return in 2010.”

The clip states that Lesnar is awaiting to hear whether he will require another surgery, although they remain tight-lipped on EXACTLY what is ailing their meal ticket.

Lesnar has pulled out of two proposed title defenses against Shane Carwin due to various illnesses. They were initially slated to square off at UFC 106 in November, then again at UFC 108 last week, however Lesnar’s condition continued to worsen.

The most that Team Lesnar will reveal regarding the heavyweight’s condition is that he had mono, contracted some sort of intestinal infection in Canada and fainted. Lesnar then had minor surgery for diverticulitis, an intestinal condition that has zapped all of his energy, however that isn’t believed to be the main reason he’s been so ill.

If the earliest Lesnar could return is the summertime, expect for the UFC to manufacture another interim heavyweight champion. In no particular order, the aforementioned Carwin, Cain Velasquez, former interim title holder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and former two-time champ Frank Mir are the division’s current top contenders.

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