(Good job, Brock, now the whole stadium’s sick. Photo courtesy of Vikings.com via MMA Mania.)
Look, we’re all disappointed that Brock Lesnar isn’t fighting Shane Carwin next month. But it’s not like he’s battling a case of the sniffles here. Reports coming out of the Lesnar camp suggest the withdrawal was sadly necessary. First, Chris Tuchscherer (from the Las Vegas Sun via Cagewriter):
Lesnar said he was feeling better from a three-week flu as recently as Sunday before announcing to his team in Minnesota that he was going to pull out of the fight. “He actually practiced (Sunday) and thought he might be feeling alright. He said, ‘Wow, I think I’m doing OK today,’” Tuchscherer said. “(Monday) he got here and it was the same old stuff — fatiguing right away, not being all there. After practice we were all sitting around, we were actually going to come back later at night to work out again, and he basically told us, ‘Hey guys, I’m going to pull out of this thing.’”
Tuchscherer said Lesnar began feeling flu-like symptoms about 25 days ago and didn’t practice last week in the hope that rest would end the illness.
Lesnar’s jiu-jitsu coach Rodrigo Comprido added:
“I think you already know, but Brock had to postpone the fight because he had a terrible flu and couldn’t train for two weeks. We tried again today (yesterday) and he couldn’t do anything, so we decided to postpone the fight. It’d be impossible to fight well starting the third week without conditions to train well. The fact is that, whenever the fight is set, he’ll present even better than the last time. And I say that because the beginning of this training camp was fantastic, the [best] start I’ve ever seen. We had a lot of high level sparrings and the coaches are even more connected. But the important [thing] is that Brock was very well physically and technically. Like people say, a blessing in disguise."
Hopefully this quiets down the Internet conspiracy theorists who have chalked up Lesnar’s pull-out to everything from fear of Carwin to <wink>bad horse meat</wink>. Now if you’ll excuse us, well be in our bomb shelter until this Swine Flu thing blows over…