Last week, former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar revealed diverticulitis would force him out of his top contender scrap with Junior dos Santos. Minutes after the shocking announcement, Roy Nelson boasted on Twitter that he predicted long ago Lesnar wouldn’t answer the bell against the heavy-hitting Brazilian.
Now, Strikeforce’s Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva is questioning the mysterious illness that has once again sidelined the former WWE superstar.
“I don’t want to judge anyone and I really wish it’s not a big health problem for [Lesnar], but I have some doubts,” Silva told Sherdog. “That big guy doesn’t like being punched. In his last fights, he was put in the fetal position by Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez, which is humiliating for a fighter.
“I think he pulled out of the fight against ‘Cigano,’ who is a real heavy puncher and a real tough opponent for someone who doesn’t like being punched.”
Lesnar was “miraculously” healed from diverticulitis in January 2010. Although he currently has more important matters to deal with, the 33-year-old has promised a return to the Octagon.
Silva, on the other hand, is anxiously waiting for Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum to square off on June 18th. The victor will advance to face Bigfoot in the semifinals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix.