The Real Reason Brock Lesnar Is Sick: A Hole in His Intestine

Joe Burgett Senior Writer IIINovember 19, 2009

In a very eerie story, UFC President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports today that Brock Lesnar's real reason for being out was a hole in his intestine. This is not a good thing, whatsoever.

Apparently the surgery the other day was to repair the hole at the same time they dealt with his diverticulitis. They must have seen the hole when they went in to repair the digestive issue. It is said that Lesnar may need to go back in for another surgery.

It also turns that Lesnar has not been 100 percent for an entire year. Here is the Yahoo! article's quote from White on Lesnar:

"Brock was in big pain, he was hurting...We don’t know if he’ll ever fight again. He had a hole in his intestine. The [stuff] was leaking into his stomach. That’s what was causing him so much pain. That and he had abscesses. The doctor told him he hasn’t been right for a year. His immune system has been trying to fight this thing and that’s why he was susceptible to getting sick...We’ll find out more next week. We’re going to send him to the Mayo Clinic for a couple of days. I don’t know what to say. It’s looking better now than last week, but what that means, I don’t know."

Lesnar is scheduled to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., early next week for a series of tests. They will most likely do some wonderful endoscopies and colonoscopies. If they are smart, they will make him swallow a camera.

See, there is this pill that the gastrointestinologists have developed. It is basically a camera in pill form. They hook you up with patches and whatnot, then have a tape record everything going on.

The wires connected to the patches are also connected to a belt you wear. You then eat something they make up for you that is radioactive. It doesn't hurt you; it is just something that you can eat and they can follow on tape.

It's pretty much an all-day thing, but it is the best way to check everything out in the stomach, intestines, colon, and bowels. The procedure may find more things in Lesnar we don't know about.

The part of the story I thought was most compelling was White mentioning that Lesnar has not been 100 percent all year and that the hole has been there for some time.

This means that he unknowingly has been fighting with this condition, only carrying a slight notion that something was wrong. Lesnar is lucky he got mono, the illness which spurred doctors to thoroughly check him out.

The one thing that people need to keep in mind is that if Lesnar would have gotten hit numerous times exactly where the hole was before, he may have died. The intestines would have given up as the hole got bigger. The more impact they took, the worse it was for Lesnar.

The hole is said to be smaller than people think. However, it could easily get bigger. Especially when you take a lot of blows.

It is a good thing he was so dominant and was beating everyone so severely. I don't mean "beat" as in win, but "beat" as in the literal term of beating someone up. That is Lesnar's style, which probably kept him alive.

The fighter will probably compete again, as the hole can be repaired. However, it will take time to heal. But this is not the only issue with Lesnar. He is not just going to the Mayo Clinic because he wants to be put up by UFC in a nice hospital room for a few days.

He is going there to do these tests to see what else could be wrong. As of now, diverticulitis and a hole in his intestine were the two things found. Now we will have to wait and see if anything else comes about.

Lesnar's trainer, Greg Nelson, spoke to the Star Tribune this week and said, "No one can tell, but it seems right now it's something he'll definitely recover from."  

Nelson stressed that it's too early to tell when Lesnar will fight again. This appears to be "damage control" from Lesnar's camp, according to some.

Of course, White, ever the promoter, said of Brock Lesnar's future in the Octagon: "If he's done what he's done at less than 100 percent, then imagine how he'll be if he is 100 percent."

Good job, White. Keep everyone's hopes up on Lesnar. However, we should keep that in mind. We have seen Lesnar dominate fights with a hole in his intestine. Whenever he gets back, I hope I'll see a more dominating Brock Lesnar.

All I have to say is: "Here Comes the Pain."