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Brock Lesnar’s diverticulitis forces him out UFC 131, replaced by Shane Carwin

The UFC continued to steal headlines this week with another major announcement on the heels of having already expanded fighter insurance to cover injuries sustained outside of the cage. Minutes ago, in a conference call with media, UFC President Dana White dropped a bomb in explaining former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar‘s diverticulitis had returned and would no longer be able to compete against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 as a result.

Lesnar stated his options at this point are to either get surgery to correct the issue or live with the affliction for the rest of his life. However, he did make it clear he was not retiring.

“This is not the end of my fight career,” Lesnar explained. “I’ve just got to find the rest solution to fix this problem. I love this sport. I love what I do. This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar. This is just a speedbump in the road.”

Rather than cancelling Lesnar’s headlining bout with Dos Santos on June 11 the UFC has replaced the decorated amateur wrestler with Shane Carwin who had been in the process of training for a fight at the event against newcomer Jon Olav Einemo. The 12-1 Carwin was last seen in action this past July against Lesnar in a title-fight at UFC 116 and had finished all twelve of his previous opponents prior to the second round submission loss.


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