Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson will be in Las Vegas on Saturday night, competing for the fighter contract the UFC awards to the winner of its reality TV show,
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Who'll not be there? Brock Lesnar.
The former UFC heavyweight champion, who served as a coach on this season's weekly Spike show, was scheduled to face the other coach, Junior dos Santos, in a No. 1 contenders bout at UFC 131 a week from Saturday. But Lesnar pulled out of the fight three weeks ago because of a relapse of diverticulitis, the intestinal disease that sidelined him for nearly a year beginning in the fall of 2009. So dos Santos, who I'm guessing will be in Vegas this weekend to root on Nijem, from his
Lesnar, meanwhile, faces a long, perilous road to recovery. Last Friday he underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., a procedure in which 12 inches of intestines were removed. "He said he's a little sore," UFC president Dana White updated fans during last Saturday's UFC 130 telecast, "but the operation was a huge success." White expects Lesnar to fight again, but not until next year.
Three days before the surgery, Lesnar spoke with SI.com. His autobiography,
We now know how he resolved that decision. We don't know where his story goes from here.
"There's a lot left to be written about," Lesnar said when asked if he might have a
As I look back on the last 10 years of my life, or even 12 years, I've achieved and done a lot of different things that people won't experience in even a whole lifetime. Now I'm again being taken away from the Octagon because of this illness. I have to face the ultimate decision: Do I get the surgery or can I keep battling this thing? There are a lot of different elements that are going on deep down inside. Physically, I can handle this. But mentally, you know, I've been dealing with this illness since 2009 and probably even before that and didn't even know it.
There's a lot left to be written about. Whether I do it or not, I have no idea. I guess it really depends on where my career takes me and where my life takes me.