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“Update” on UFC Champion Brock Lesnar

Written by Tom Ngo
January 7th, 2010
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MMA fans have been waiting all week for an update on heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s status. Today, UFC president Dana White “briefed” the world on his fighter’s mysterious condition. Although nothing was revealed, when it comes to health, sometimes no news is good news.

“Brock asked me not to talk about it, I have to respect that,” White told MMAFighting.com.

When prodded for ANYTHING regarding Lesnar’s condition, White responded with an unprecedented, “No comment. First time in nine years I have ever said that.”

White told fans over the UFC 108 weekend that Lesnar was to have a follow-up examination sometime this week, after which his status would be updated.

The champ was slated to defend his title against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 in November, however was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed illness. It was later reported Lesnar had contracted mononucleosis, which he then parlayed to an intestinal infection that required surgery a week later.

Following the procedure, it was revealed that Lesnar was actually suffering from diverticulitis, a condition where pouches on your large intestine inflame. There is no known cause for the disease, but  a low-fiber diet may play a role in its appearance.

For mild cases of diverticulitis, rest and antibiotics seems to be the cure. Although in extreme cases like Lesnar’s, surgery may may be required.

The controversial fighter holds 4-1 professional record, however has looked unstoppable in his last three wins, two of  which were for titles.

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