At 4:40 PM EST, only minutes ago, the UFC announced there woud be a press conference call for 5:00 PM EST.
In it, UFC President Dana White announced that Brock Lesnar was out of UFC 131 with diverticulitis, and would be replaced by Shane Carwin.
Brock Lesnar released a statement on the matter, declaring that he was not retiring, and that this was just a 'speed bump'.
"I want to thank the UFC and Mr. White and I want to apologize to Junior Dos Santos and Spike TV. This is an unfortunate situation for me. I dodged a bullet about two years ago with diverticulitis at that time not knowing what the problem was. I 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 I've been battling. It's something that's in your colon for the rest of your life. I've been able to maintain it to the point where it was tolerable. I was able to go through two training camps for Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez and I made it through those camps without having any symptoms and I've been dealing with symptoms for the last three months."
"I felt a little bit while I was filming the Ultimate Fighter and the only way to treat the symptoms is by getting on antibiotics and allowing the antibiotics to take its course and fight the infection. During the course of this training camp, I felt another infection. I got a CT scan on my stomach and there was visible inflation. What it does is it didn't allow me to train to my full capabilities and I was forced to make a decision to go back down to the doctor this week to see how far this was along and what it does is it drains my entire body. Basically you've got an infection in your stomach and all my resources went to fighting 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 the way I needed to train for a number one contender's bout. I am forced with the decision to either have surgery or deal with this for the rest of my life so obviously I'm fighting a different fight here than having to give up the fight on June 11th. A lot of things go through your mind as an athlete especially for myself. This is something that has been wearing on me for about a month now and different thoughts come to your mind. It wouldn't be fair to myself or my family or the people I perform in front of in the Octagon. I wouldn't have been 100% because I'm not there now and I had to make the decision this week to give the UFC enough time and I have enough respect for them to understand that I don't want to jeopardize. My health is number one. My family is number one and it was a hard decision. I'm choked up about it and there's nothing I can do."
"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 that there is a solution to every problem. I just have to find the right solution to fix this problem. I love this sport and I love what I do. This isn't the end of Brock Lesnar. This is a speed bump in the road and trust me, I've incurred a lot of speed bumps throughout my career and this is one of them. Instead of not facing the music, I'm here telling everybody because I've been here before and I want to make it all known. I want to state that this is not the end of my career. Far from it."
"I've got to follow up with my doctors and weigh the risk and rewards (of surgery) ... I was at the Mayo Clinic for 14 hours yesterday with doctors and CT scans trying to figure everything out ... We're waiting on a number of different tests to come back. We haven't even had the conversation. Today to June 11th, I can't be well enough prepared to face Junior Dos Santos so that was the first thing I had to address and pull out of this fight because it didn't make any sense. I have three weeks of training camp and I'm no where that I need to be right now for a number one contender's fight. I've got more doctor's appointments to follow up with. I don't know the risks if there are any. It has to be better than what I've been dealing with the last two years. I'm looking for the light at the end of the tunnel is what I'm looking out for."
"I believe that I haven't been 'that guy.' Even in my comeback fight against Shane Carwin, I felt ok but I'd say that maybe I was 85 or 90%. The Velasquez fight was just pushing myself to another limit. I told my wife and everybody else around about a week ago that 'I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.' We've got to find the solution to this. The fighter inside of me, the person that I am, doesn't want to back down from a fight. My health and my family are more important than stepping in the Octagon. I don't care how much money, they could throw all the money in the world. The one thing I have found out through all this is that my family, if you don't have your health and your family, you don't have diddly squat."
Noted oddsmaker and frequent MMAjunkie.com Radio guest Joey Oddessa opened the Brazilian slugger as a -260 favorite, meaning a bettor would need to wager $260 in order to earn $100 of the book's money.
Meanwhile, Carwin opened as a +200 underdog, meaning a $100 wager would return a bettor $200 of the book's money in addition to the original wager amount.
The opening line likely will be picked up by most major sportsbooks.
Dos Santos' money line means Oddessa offers the once-beaten heavyweight slightly more than a 72 percent chance of winning the matchup. On the flip side, Carwin's number represents a 33 percent probability of victory.
"When sizing the two up, the number looks to be a tad high, but after a full season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' and Junior Dos Santos getting a ton of media coverage, you can expect players to come back on Dos Santos in the weeks leading up to the bout," Oddessa told MMAjunkie.com in regards to the numbers.
Curiously, back in January with bloodyelbow, Nostrabadass Roy Nelson predicted Brock would pull out
"I think Brock Lesnar is done. I think Brock doing TUF is one way to basically take a situation and make it win-win for him. I think Lesnar doing the show is a way to introduce Junior Dos Santos to the American fan base in the way the show does. TUF introduces "stars in the making" to the casual UFC fan and while JDS is the number one contender he still needs some help with the American fan base. So the conspiracy basically comes down to the fact that Shane Carwin has no one to fight in June. I think Brock Lesnar will walk off the TUF set and then Carwin will take his spot or Frank Mir will come in to "save the day" and fight JDS for title contention. The reason I believe Frank would be the guy is because Mir is coming off a win and I was already supposed to fight Shane so fans were already hyped to see it. Or Carwin could move in to face JDS and I could still face Frank but it doesn't really matter to me as to who fights who because all that really matters is the fans want to see me fight somebody. A lot of things could happen over the next six weeks but it seems a bit off that Carwin doesn't have an opponent right now and all of the top heavyweights are spoken for."
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