Monday, October 26, 2009

Illness Sidelines Brock Lesnar, Swine Flu Likely

According to Yahoo Sports, Brock Lesnar (4-1) has notified the UFC that he will be unable to compete as scheduled in the main event of UFC 106 (Nov. 21st). He has been suffering over the past several weeks with an unnamed illness that has prevented him from training as hard and as often as normal.

UFC president, Dana White had this to say about the situation:
“He said he’s never been this sick in his life. He said it’s been going on for a long time and he just hasn’t been able to shake it.”

Apparently, Lesnar has been coping with this illness for so long now that he has passed the point at which tests can still be done to determine its exact cause. However, many are assuming that the UFC's heavyweight champ was stricken with the H1N1 virus. According to his twitter page, Shane Carwin (11-0), Lesnar's intended opponent, can relate:
"Looks like it is postponed till Jan 2. I had h1n1 myself and I understand how devastating it can be."
So it appears that UFC 106 just went from being one of the biggest cards of the year to being just an average event with a rather underwhelming main event of Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) vs. Forrest Griffin (16-6) II. Then again, if I know the UFC as well as I think I do, it's a pretty safe bet that they'll attempt to spice the card up somehow to compensate for the lost title fight.

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