At a post-UFC 105 press conference on Saturday, president Dana White dropped a bombshell about his biggest star: Brock Lesnar, the heavyweight champ, is down for the count with a mystery illness.
Earlier, Lesnar postponed his scheduled title defense, citing symptoms first believed to be H1N1 flu and later confirmed to be Mono. But now, Lensar has additional complications that have forced him to withdraw entirely from the bout with no known return date to the UFC. According to MMA Junkie:
"I am worried about it," White said. "I can't really talk about it right now, but [Lesnar] is in rough shape. He's in really bad shape.
"I'm actually probably going to fly to go see him, and we're going to probably have to do some stuff to take care of this guy. He is not well, and he's not getting any better."
White says that Lesnar was up in Canada when he experienced a fainting spell:
"He [expletive] dropped. He went down, and he had to go to the hospital. They ran every test on the planet on him, and they ended up finding out something else was wrong with him."
KARE-11 brings us the additional information that Brock is hospitalized in North Dakota and seeking a specialist from the Mayo Clinic.
"He's got mono and he's got something else wrong with him. I know what's wrong with him, he just doesn't want me talking about it," White said.
"He doesn't have cancer or AIDS or anything like this, (but) he's got some problems, man."
Lesnar is an incredibly strong man, so for him to be taken down by a mystery illness is a scary thing indeed. He is media shy by nature and not one to make his private business public, but one hopes Lesnar will release more details soon, if only to quiet irresponsible speculation and reassure the public.