Last night the UFC sent out of a press release stating only that UFC President Dana White would make a “major announcement” at 5 PM eastern time. Here are the highlights:
– Brock Lesnar is out of his UFC 131 bout with Junior Dos Santos due to diverticulitis.
– Shane Carwin will now fight Junior Dos Santos in the main event on June 11.
– Brock does not believe his bout with diverticulitis is career threatening.
– Jon Olav Einemo, previously scheduled to fight Carwin at UFC 131, does not have a new opponent at this time.
UPDATE: Brock Lesnar spoke on being out of UFC 131 and insists this isn’t the end of his career. He says:
“I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not retiring. This isn’t the end of my fight career. This is something that I believe in my strong faith that there’s a solution to every problem. I just have to find the right solution to fix this problem. It didn’t allow me to train to my full capabilities. I was forced to make a decision to go back down to the doctor this week to figure out how far this thing was along. What it does is it drains my entire body down. Basically, you’ve got an infection in your stomach, and all my resources went to fight this problem instead of rebuilding what I tore down in the gym. It’s not as serious as last time. It just didn’t allow me to train for the way I needed to train for a No. 1 contenders’ bout.
I am forced with the decision to either have surgery or deal with this for the rest of my life. A lot of things go through your mind as an athlete, especially myself. This is something that has been wearing on me for about a month now. That’s what’s so frustrating about this. I’ve been doing all the right things, so I thought. That’s what’s very depressing about this, and I feel really, really angry about it. I wanted more than anything to fight Junior Dos Santos and to win that fight and to get a shot at Cain Velasquez. I want nothing more than that. But more importantly, my health and my family are more important. Let’s keep things in perspective.
I apologize to Junior Dos Santos and to Spike TV. This is an unfortunate situation for me. I dodged a bullet about two years ago with diverticulitis, at that time now knowing what the problem was, and dodged a bullet by not having the surgery. Diverticulitis is an illness that never goes away. It’s something that I’ve dealt with since my first occurrence and have been battling with it. It’s just something that’s in your colon for the rest of your life. I love this sport, and I love what I do. This isn’t the end of Brock Lesnar.”