After two long months of silence, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar emerged from seclusion to appear on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to let the world know his recovery from a “severe case of diverticulitis” is nothing short of a “miracle.”
The always-private Lesnar had received quite a bit of flack for not releasing any information regarding his condition prior to today, however after hearing what the controversial wrestler had to suffer through, mentally and physically, one can understand why he wanted to keep his personal business his very own.
Lesnar confirmed he started feeling ill while preparing for his UFC 106 bout against Shane Carwin in November, however when doctors diagnosed him with mononucleosis he was reluctant to believe the pain he felt could be related to something he MAY have contracted in high school.
Shortly after the diagnosis, Lesnar took a trip to Canada where the pain worsened and he was forced to check himself into the hospital again, however the news was much worse this time around.
“I had a rupture of one of my diverticuli, which means I had a hole in my stomach,” Lesnar stated. “So the doctor there put me on antibiotics, put me on pain medication and wanted for me to heal myself, versus the other side of it was to go in and remove part of my colon and wear a colostomy bag and pretty much end my career.
“I was in the hospital for 11 days … no food, no water, fed intravenously. I lost 40 pounds.”
Although the outlook was bleak, there was a glimmer of hope for Lesnar as the doctor suggested they hold off surgery until the last minute just in case something miraculous were to happen. Uneasy with the professional advice he was given, Lesnar sought out a specialist which ultimately told him the same thing.
“Got out of the hospital went home and decided I wanted a second opinion,” Lesnar said. “Went down to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, [where that doctor confirmed] that I needed surgery but couldn’t do it until the swelling went down.
“I pretty much had in my head, I knew I needed surgery. My answer was that I needed to have surgery, but I didn’t want to if I could beat the odds and I was going to do everything in my power to do that.”
Although Lesnar would be put through additional discomfort if he opted to play the waiting game, it was the champion’s best shot at living a normal life.
“I take my hat off to the doctors at Medcenter One for saving my life and my career,” Lesnar emphatically said. “He waited until the eight-hour mark, was prepared for surgery and I started healing myself.”
Although doctors were shocked by Lesnar’s abrupt turnaround, none where more surprised than the wrestler himself.
“I had another check up at the first of the year,” Lesnar said. “I went home, got back in the gym. I got my weight back up. I put about 30 pounds back on. I went back to the doctor on January 5th, and a miracle. They were dumbfounded.
“They couldn’t find any signs of any problems in my stomach. It’s just a miracle to me. I actually had to go back to the doctor yesterday, before I came out here, to get anther CT scan on my stomach because I still can’t believe it.”
UFC president Dana White was sitting beside his biggest pay-per-view draw during the entire interview and suggested Lesnar could return to the Octagon and defend his title sometime this summer.
White stated that the winner of the interim heavyweight title match between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir at UFC 111 will then unify the title against Lesnar. However, if the injury bug were to cancel that March 27th matchup or if the winner suffered an injury that would prevent him from fighting in the summer, White will promote the winner of the UFC 110 scrap between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to meet Lesnar.
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.