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MMA News: Brock Lesnar Withdraws from UFC 131

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Dana White and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar made the announcement this afternoon that Lesnar has been forced to pull out of his scheduled June 11 bout with Junior Dos Santos due to the return of a diverticulitis infection. 

“I want to apologize to Junior dos Santos and Spike TV.  I dodged a bullet a year ago by not having the surgery,” explained Lesnar on the call with MMA media. 

“It’s an illness that never goes away.  It’s something that is in your colon for the rest of your life.  I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for the last three months.  During the course of this training camp I felt another infection.  It didn’t let me train to my full capabilities.”

Lesnar was hospitalized last year with the intestinal infection last year and was in serious condition while battling the infection.  Initially, there were concerns that Lesnar may never fight again.  But Lesnar managed a full recovery and after suffering a title losing defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez this past October.

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Lesnar, a coach on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, was scheduled to fight Junior Dos Santos in a title contender bout on June 11 in Vancouver.  Shane Carwin will now fight Dos Santos as Lesnar’s replacement. 

Lesnar seemed optimistic despite his health concerns.

"I’ll tell you one thing, I’m not retiring.  This isn’t the end to my fight career.  I love this sport, and I love what I do.  This isn’t the end of Brock Lesanr."