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Lesnar Seriously Ill, Out Indefinitely; Nogueira Off UFC 108 With Staph Infection (Update IV)

Brock LesnarThe biggest news coming out the UFC 105 post-fight press conference have nothing at all to do with UFC 105.

Brock Lesnar isn’t getting better. In fact, he’s getting worse, much worse. Lesnar took a trip to Canada for a little R&R while he recovers from mono, but ended up collapsing and was rushed to the hospital. The doctors ran tests and discovered there’s more wrong with him than just mono, but it sounds like either no one is saying what it is yet or they haven’t completely figured it out.

At Saturday night’s UFC 105 post-event press conference, UFC president Dana White said the mononucleosis that had been bothering Lesnar is still present, but the champ is now suffering a new set of illnesses, as well.

“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 said he wasn’t sure how serious the new illnesses were and whether they could be career- or even life-threatening.

“I don’t know,” White told ( “I’ve got to get him to one of these really good hospitals with really good doctors to figure out what’s wrong and how we get him better.”

Yeah, very serious stuff. Apparently, cancer and HIV has been ruled out, but it could still be something just as serious. We just don’t know yet.

What that means for the UFC title is anyone’s guess including Dana White’s at this point, but it’s becoming increasingly likely that Shane Carwin’s next opponent won’t be Brock Lesnar.

That leads me to the second part of this post. Just like last November, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has come down with another staph infection, but this time it’s too severe for Big Nog to make his fight at UFC 108.

UFC president Dana White revealed the news following Saturday’s UFC 105 post-event press conference to a small group of reporters.

“[Nogueira] got staph infection, bad, to the point now it’s in his bloodstream, and he’s probably going to have to be hospitalized and intravenously given the antibiotics,” White said.

Now Cain Velasquez needs an opponent for UFC 108, and the UFC is running out of options. With Lesnar out indefinitely, Shane Carwin is the obvious choice, but last we heard he was getting an MRI for a nagging knee injury while he waited for Brock. No word yet what the results were, but if it isn’t too serious, I’m sure that’s the fight the UFC will be looking to book for Jan. 2.

The amount of injuries and illnesses suffered by UFC fighters in this last stretch of 2009 truly is astonishing. How bad could the UFC use Fedor Emelianenko about now?

Update: Brock’s trainer, Greg Nelson, confirms to Josh Gross that Lesnar’s illness is not life threatening.

Update 2: Just reread the MMA Junkie story on Big Nog, and I totally missed the part where it says Shane Carwin underwent knee surgery so he’s not an option for UFC 108. Awesome.

Update 3: Shane Carwin says he didn’t have knee surgery but his injury looks bad enough to keep him out of UFC 108.

Update 4: Whatever Brock has isn’t life-threatening, but Dave Meltzer says there’s a possibility it may be career-threatening.

Nothing new on yesterday’s major UFC news. Brock Lesnar is out indefinitely with mono and another illness that he doesn’t want out. Two things to note to ease some fears: One, whatever he has is not said to be life-threatening, although there is a possibility it could be career-threatening, or at least derail him for a long, long time. And second, whatever he has besides mono may not be as bad as people are speculating, because although he doesn’t want it out what he has, he also didn’t want it out that he had mono.

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