On a week where Zuffa, LLC announced they would start picking up the tab for most of their fighters’ medical expenses, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard and now Brock Lesnar will put the UFC’s new-and-improved healthcare plan to the test.
Lesnar announced during an impromptu conference call Thursday that his case of diverticulitis has come back to bite him. The former heavyweight champ was “miraculously” healed from the illness in January 2010, but spent 14 hours at the Mayo Clinic yesterday with severe abdominal pain and lack of energy.
“This isn’t the end of my fight career. I believe there’s a solution to every problem,” Lesnar stated. “I just have to find the right solution to fix this problem.
“This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar.”
Lesnar was scheduled to headline UFC 131 opposite Junior dos Santos on June 11th. The show must go on, as UFC president Dana White quickly announced former interim champ Shane Carwin will play substitute and fight dos Santos for the heavyweight top contender spot.
Carwin was originally slated to face Jon Olav Einemo in the card. White said they have “no idea” what they will do with the Octagon rookie.
UFC 131 takes place inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Here is the card’s revised roster
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Dave Herman vs. Joey Beltran
Nick Ring vs. James Head
Igor Pokrajac vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
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Chris Weidman vs. Jesse Bongeldt
Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards
Jon Olav Einemo vs. TBD
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone
Shane Carwin vs. Junior dos Santos