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Evans-Silva Headlining UFC 108, Lesnar May Need ‘Major Surgery’ (Update)

UFC 108: Evans vs Silva

The UFC has officially run out of rabbits to pull out of its hat for UFC 108. Today, the promotion announced Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva as the headliner.

With Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out of UFC 108, the Ultimate Fighting Championship today announced the event’s scheduled co-headliner, Rashad Evans (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), has been moved into the night’s main-event slot.

At the time, White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was unsure if Velasquez would remain on the card. With Evans vs. Silva now in the headliner, Velasquez will likely be shifted to a future card.

With Lesnar’s future unknown, Dana White isn’t sure what’s going to happen to the UFC heavyweight title. At this point, it sounds like Velasquez will wait for Nogueira to recover from his staph infection and fight him on an early 2010 card. Dana isn’t sure if it will be for an interim heavyweight title, but acknowledged that it’s a possibility.

Speaking of Lesnar, TMZ has an update from Dana on his condition.

White tells us Lesnar — the UFC heavyweight champ — is “very, very sick” with some sort of intestinal disorder, although listening to White, it sounds a lot more serious than that. White says the condition will require “major surgery.”

White acknowledges the current condition is not mono but he will not be specific. White says the condition is not HIV or cancer.

And, White tells TMZ, “There’s a possibility Lesnar will never fight again.”

Update: Dana White has released a few more details on Brock Lesnar’s condition. He says Brock is suffering from a bacterial infection in his intestinal tract.

UFC President Dana White said Monday that heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is recovering from a bacterial infection in his intestinal tract.

“He’s in stable condition and should be released soon,” UFC President Dana White said.

White said he is encouraging Lesnar to check into the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for further treatment. He also said he did not know if the 32-year-old South Dakota native will fight again.

“It depends on how serious this is,” White said.

Meanwhile, a “source” has informed WCCO in Minneapolis that Brock has diverticulitis. Google Health describes this as the swelling of an abnormal pouch in the intestinal wall.

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