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Major surgery may still be needed for UFC's Brock Lesnar

The Canadian Press
12/10/2009 7:42:22 PM
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar continues to have serious health problems, according to UFC president Dana White.

"He's still really sick," White told reporters Thursday. "We won't know for probably another month and a half. He had that minor surgery, he's going to change his diet, do some things and see what happens."

White confirmed the six-foot-three 265-pounder had been diagnosed with diverticulitis, a digestive disease found in the large intestine.

The fighter was checked out by the Mayo Clinic but there is no word on how long he will be sidelined.

"It could be out for forever," White said. "We won't know for the next couple of months. . . He's either going to need major surgery or he's not."

"He believes he's going to come back (and fight again)," he added. "He's confident and positive. He's in a much better place than he was when he was in the hospital."

According to White, doctors say Lesnar has only been at 60 per cent for the last year. "That's scary in itself."

"He felt like he was sick, he felt like he had the flu. He didn't know what he had. He went to the hospital a bunch of times, they couldn't tell him anything. They have a big place up in Canada, so his brother said 'Let's go up to Canada and hang out' and he dropped in Canada. Literally, that's where it all happened."

As to the heavyweight title scene, White said he was going to wait to see if Lesnar needed the major surgery before making any decisions. An interim title fight is likely if Lesnar continues to be sidelined.

Brock Lesnar (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)


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