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Minnesota's Brock Lesnar Pulls Out Of UFC 131 Due To Diverticulitis

Brock Lesnar had to pull out if his fight at UFC 131 today due to a second bout with the disease Diverticulitis, UFC president Dana White announced during a conference call on Thursday. The 33-year-old former Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestler lost 40 pounds and was hospitalized for nearly two week two years ago in his first bout with the intestinal illness.

Lesnar was scheduled to fight Junior Dos Santos on June 11 following their appearances on this season's Ultimate Fighter reality show, but Dos Santos will now face former Lesnar rival Shane Carwin while Lesnar deals with the disease.

Brock was adamant that he was not retiring during the call according to SB Nation's Bloody Elbow. He's waiting on test results from the Mayo Clinic, and he's hopeful that this will not force him out of the fight game. There's currently no timetable on when he'll make a decision to have surgery or fight through it, leaving his return date also in doubt.

Lesnar went 50-2 in his two year's wrestling for the University of Minnesota and also played a preseason with the Minnesota Vikings following his professional wrestling career with the WWE.

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