UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be sidelined indefinitely as he continues to suffer from illnesses that recently forced him to postpone his scheduled title defense against Shane Carwin, while Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been forced to withdraw from his matchup with fellow heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez which was to headline UFC 108.
At Saturday’s post-UFC 105 press conference, UFC President Dana White issued an update on Lesnar while also announcing Nogueira’s withdrawal from the January 2 card.
According to White, Lesnar, who is currently hospitalized in North Dakota after collapsing during a trip to Canada, is in “bad shape” as a result of mononucleosis and a second undisclosed illness and is “not getting well anytime soon.”
Nougiera, meanwhile, is likely to be hospitalized in the coming days to recover from a severe staph infection that has entered his blood and forced him out of the January fight.
While Carwin would have been a logical replacement to fight Velasquez at UFC 108, the heavyweight challenger will be out of action until February while rehabbing a knee injury.
Pictured: Brock Lesnar