by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
MEMPHIS – The questions surrounding the return of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar continue to linger, but the picture is starting to become somewhat clearer. The Minnesota native is expecting news about a potential major surgery over the next two months.
When speaking with the media on Thursday, UFC president Dana White said that Lesnar is still very ill. He also confirmed previous reports that the champion was suffering from a bout of diverticulitis, and indicated some major decisions concerning his health and career are coming down the pipeline soon.
“We won’t know for probably another month and a half,” White said about the final prognosis on Lesnar’s return. “He had that minor surgery, he’s going to change his diet, change some things and see what happens.
“It could be forever. We won’t know for the next couple of months. Obviously I’m hoping that’s not the case, as I’m sure all of you are. We’ll see what happens.”
The champion’s spirits were admittedly rattled because of the sickness that struck him down just a couple of months ago, but has now taken a more positive outlook on his fight future.
“He believes he’ll be back,” White commented. “He’s confident and positive, he’s in a much better place then when he was in the hospital.”
As for the immediate title picture in the ever-growing heavyweight division, White says it’s still a waiting game to see if Lesnar will require major surgery. If he does, decisions will happen quickly on assigning a fight for an interim title.
“We’ve still got to wait here a little bit and see what’s going to happen to him. Maybe he can come back, maybe he can’t. We’ve got to see what happens to him first. I’m going to wait and see if he has to have this major surgery before I make any big decisions,” said White.
“I’ve got to wait to see what happens to Brock, but it won’t be long. We’ll know about Brock in a month and a half and then I’ll make that decision. You’ve got Cain (Velasquez), you’ve got Shane (Carwin), probably be one of those two.”
Judging by the timelines, answers could be in place by the end of January to decide if Lesnar’s return is imminent or if an interim champion will be crowned.