Today, UFC president Dana White appeared on 106.7 The Fan in Virginia and gave an impromptu update on UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s status. Despite recent comments made by Lesnar’s coach, Marty Morgan, White claims to have no idea on what the wrestler’s future holds.
“He’s not crazy about me talking about it,” White stated. “I’m hoping that he’s going to come back. I don’t know what’s going to happen yet.
“I know there’s talk his wrestling coach says he’s coming back, but the reality is he might have to retire or he might need major surgery and be out 16-18 months. Or he could be back in 5 or 6 months, I don’t know.”
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.
Lesnar has demanded that his condition remain private, and Team Lesnar + White have done a fantastic job of making that happen.
The champion’s permanent exit from MMA would be a disastrous hit to the sport, and nobody knows that better than The Prez. However, White professes the controversial fighter isn’t near Octagon ready and he isn’t about to push him in getting there.
“He’s the biggest star since [former UFC light heavyweight champion] Chuck Liddell, “White said of his meal ticket. “All I’m concerned about right now [is his health] and that he could have a normal quality of life.”
Lesnar was last seen unifying the title by dominating then-interim champ Frank Mir at UFC 100. He holds a 4-1 professional record, however has looked unstoppable in his last three wins, two of which were for titles.