Greg Nelson, trainer for UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, appeared as a guest on MMALive today to shed some light on his client’s mixed martial arts future.
“Brock Lesnar is definitely coming back to fight, he’s just coming up slowly, training, getting his body ready and being smart with his recovery,” Nelson confidently stated.
Much has been made about Lesnar’s demands to keep his illness under wraps, however it was believed he shared his condition with those closest to him, including Nelson. Although he states the champ has gotten significantly better, Lesnar isn’t completely out of the woods just yet.
“He’s been going to the doctor, making sure everything is going well for him and he’ll continue to go in to make sure he’s 100 percent ready to train when he starts off,” Nelson said regarding Lesnar’s shaky future. “I know that he’ll be able to come back faster than people expect, but we’re not going to push the river at all. We want him to be 100% healthy when he starts to train.”
When speaking on Lesnar’s condition, Nelson appeared uneasy and vague. He also offered conflicting remarks regarding Lesnar’s current training status.
Initially, he says that Lesnar is “coming up slowly” with his training, then later states Lesnar still needs clearance from doctors because they “want him to be 100% healthy when he starts to train.”
When host Jon Anik asked how close in contact the two were, Nelson’s answer made it appear as though he’s just slightly more in the know than the rest of the world.
“We’ve been communicating a little bit back and forth. Obviously email, texting and an occasional phone call, but he really likes his privacy and to spend quality time with his family,” said Nelson.
And what about the press conference in Las Vegas that Lesnar and UFC president Dana White will be hosting early next week?
“That’s the surprise for everybody,” Nelson said of the media pow-wow that SHOULD provide plenty of answers. “I’m not sure what he’s going to say or what the expectations are at this point right now.”
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.
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.
Lesnar has not addressed the media or his fans since falling ill in November.