Brock Lesnar’s illness causes heavyweight reshuffle at UFC

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Brock Lesnar, in publicity photo

Following departures from Randy Couture and Ricardo Cachorrão, UFC fans fear they may be bidding farewell to yet another of their heroes. The recurrence of the disease afflicting Brock Lesnar, making way for Shane Carwin to take on Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, shook the MMA world, and the superstar’s career may be in jeapordy.

Brock hasn’t yet revealed whether he will undergo surgery for diverticulitis, the disease that first attacked his intestine in 2009 and yesterday obliged the UFC to call a press conference to reveal his replacement as Cigano’s opponent at the June UFC 131 event in Vancouver, Canada.

Yesterday Lesnar faced a fourteen-hour battery of exams at a clinic. The heavyweight, who captained one the teams in the latest season of the TUF reality show and spent nearly a year on the UFC sidelines in 2009, vowed not to retire in the statements made yesterday. Unfortunately, though, his return does not depend only on him.

The heavy-handed Carwin, who was training to face Norway’s Jon Olav Einemo, stated that he will seize the opportunity, that he sees it as a shortcut back to the belt. Einemo is now scheduled to also-UFC first-timer Dave Herman, who was set to face Joey Beltran. Beltran, in turn, will now face Aaron Rosa, at the Vancouver event.

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