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SB Nation MMA talks with UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin as he prepares to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 in a number one heavyweight contender eliminator bout in Vancouver.
According to a report by MMA Junkie, the preliminary fights from UFC 131 not airing on Spike TV will now be streamed in their entirety on the UFC's Facebook page. This means the entire UFC 131 fight card will now be available for viewing for those not in attendance. It is believed the fight card will begin at approximately 6 p.m. ET, however, will will update this StoryStream when the exact time is known.
The full lineup for UFC 131 includes:
Main card (on pay-per-view)
Preliminary Card (on Spike TV)
Preliminary Card (on Facebook)
The injury bug continues to plague the Ultimate Fighting Championship, seemingly worse this summer than any time in recent memory. Originally slated to face Igor Pokrajac at UFC 131: Carwin vs. dos Santos, Krzysztof Soszynski will now face late-replacement Mike Massenzio instead. The UFC confirmed the news on their website today. To wit:
Light-heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski has had a change of opponent -- again -- for his UFC 131 bout in Vancouver this Saturday. UFC veteran Mike Massenzio has verbally agreed to take the bout against Soszynski just six days out from the June 11 event, Dana White announced today.
Originally slated to fight Anthony Perosh, who suffered an injury, Soszynski was then expected to fight Igor Pokrajac, who also suffered an injury that forced him to cancel.
The UFC 131 fight card is as follows:
Junior dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Dave Herman vs. Jon Olav Einemo
Donald Cerrone vs. Vagner Rocha
Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards
Chris Weidman vs. Jesse Bongfeldt
Dustin Poirier vs. Jason Young
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Mike Massenzio
Joey Beltran vs. Aaron Rosa
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Darren Elkins
Nick Ring vs. James Head
UFC CEO Dana White came onto the Spike broadcast of the UFC 131: Rampage vs Hamill event to announce that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar underwent surgery yesterday to have a foot of colon removed. White said he hopes Lesnar will return to action early in 2012.
Lesnar was diagnosed with diverticulitis in early 2010 and sat out several months before defending his UFC title against Shane Carwin at UFC 116. He went on to lose the UFC heavyweight belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. After Velasquez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff, Lesnar maintained his station as the focus of the UFC's heavyweight division.
Lesnar coached the current season of The Ultimate Fighter which was planned to set up a title-eliminator bout between Lesnar and #1 contender Junior dos Santos. The re-emergence of Lesnar's diverticulitis a few weeks ago forced him out of that bout. Shane Carwin had to step in against dos Santos.
The spot also pitched Lesnar's new autobiography "Deathclutch."
The injury bug continues to plague the UFC, although with fewer consequences this time. An initially scheduled lightweight grudge match between Mac Danzig and Donald Cerrone is scrapped due to injury to Danzig. Sherdog has more:
UFC lightweight Mac Danzig has suffered an unspecified injury which has forced him from his UFC 131 bout with Donald Cerrone. Stepping in to replace Danzig at the event will be Octagon newcomer Vagner Rocha, the promotion announced Tuesday night.
Only once beaten in seven starts, Rocha has twice fought and competed in the circular cage of Bellator Fighting Championships. The Pablo Popovitch BJJ black belt suffered his only defeat to date in his lone Strikeforce appearance, a June 2010 unanimous decision loss to Bret Bergmark. Rocha returned and rebounded on May 7, when he scored a first-round armbar submission of Jacob Clark in Miami.
This isn't nearly the MMA challenge for Cerrone as Danzig even though Rocha is a superb and competitively active grappler. He's the 2010 North American trials ADCC champion in addition to being the owner of numerous other prestigious grappling titles.
Now that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is battling his second go-round with diverticulitis, the UFC has to redo much of the imaging for UFC 131, to the extent the process ever got started. I found a video on YouTube that didn't come from the official UFC channel (and seemingly can't be found there), but looks to be the official trailer with the new Shane Carwin vs. Junior dos Santos headlining fight. You be the judge:
There is no "original" trailer featuring Lesnar. Typically the UFC releases them one at a time and usually during a UFC event. In other words, the first time you'll see a trailer for UFC 131 is during the UFC 130 pay-per-view broadcast.
But given that the UFC's top ppv star is now gone from the card and that UFC 130 and 131 are separated by a mere two weeks, the UFC has to be significantly more proactive to sell the 131 event.
The UFC appears to be selling this fight on the grounds that the main event features two hard-hitting heavyweights. I'm not sure there's much else to go on, frankly, but I have doubts about what sort of audience either of these fighters or their bout can pull even if all of it is compelling.
Shane Carwin was a punch away from being the UFC heavyweight champion. With Brock Lesnar pulling out of his fight at UFC 131, the heavyweight has a chance to reclaim lost glory. But at 36, how much time is left for Carwin to be an elite MMA heavyweight?
The shake-ups to the UFC 131: Carwin vs. dos Santos fight card continue. The UFC announced today that Sengoku and Bellator veteran Dave Herman would face ADCC competitor and PRIDE veteran Jon Olav Einemo. As part of his UFC debut, Einemo was originally set to face Shane Carwin at UFC 131, but due to Brock Lesnar's removal from the card he needed a new opponent now that Carwin is facing Junior dos Santos. Herman, also making his UFC debut, was originally slated to face England's Rob Broughton. Broughton was withdrawan from the event and Herman was then set to face Joey Beltran
As for Beltran, the UFC's announcement also stated Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Aaron Rosa would face Beltran in a heavyweight contest. Rosa has competed at both light heavyweight and heavyweight, although more recently in the latter weight category.
Stay tuned for more updates to the UFC 131 fight card.
With the news yesterday former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was suffering from a second bout with diverticulitis, it's time to explore what the condition is, what causes it and what it all means. Lest we forget, Lesnar is adamant this iteration of the flare up is not as serious as the first. In fact, as I noted when it happened, Lesnar initial battle with this condition put more than his career in jeopardy: his life was on the line.
Let's recall what Matt Pitt, board-certified physician, had to say about diverticulitis and Lesnar's specific condition:
Diverticulitis is an infection involving the colon, generally the extreme end portion known as the distal and sigmoid colon. The normal course of the disease involves low-grade fevers, loose bloody stools and abdominal pain followed shortly by relatively easy diagnosis, treatment with oral antibiotics and swift recovery. A previously healthy individual would certainly be laid up for a week or so, and a professional fighter might be unfit for high-level training for as long as a month. But Lesnar’s diverticulitis wasn’t diagnosed early, and he was absolutely right when he stated on "SportsCenter" that he very nearly died.
The complication Lesnar suffered was a bowel perforation, a pus-forming infection eroding through the wall of the colon. If the perforation is contained, medical treatment and percutaneous drainage generally result in full recovery. If the perforation is not contained, if large volumes of pus and stool spill into the abdominal cavity, then emergency surgery is the only hope for survival and death is an expected outcome. At best a patient could expect to lose all or part of his colon and be incapacitated for years. It appears, from what Lesnar explained on "SportsCenter," that he was diagnosed on the razor-thin border between these two extremes.
If he had gone to surgery, all or part of the colon would have been removed. The healthy bowel would be diverted to a hole in the abdominal wall -- a "fistula" -- so stool could have been drained into a colostomy bag. After a period of recovery, taking many months, it’s possible the colostomy could be reversed -- allowing normal function of the bowel -- but the recovery from this second surgery would again require several months. If reversing the colostomy were not feasible, Lesnar would have been bound to wear a colostomy bag for life; training for MMA, much less competing, would have been impossible.
Lesnar's current predicament is a choice of surgery or increased level of antibiotics, both with significant opportunity cost. I'm not entirely sure surgery this time out would mirror precisely what Dr. Pitt previously outlined, but clearly it's the more extreme option of the two. Here's how surgery is generally performed:
Diverticulitis surgery can be done in two ways: through a primary bowel resection or through a bowel resection with colostomy. Both bowel resections may be done in the traditional way or by laparoscopic surgery. The traditional bowel resection is made using an open surgical approach, called colectomy. During a colectomy, the patient is placed under general anesthesia in order to make sure that the patient will not feel any pain and he or she will be completely asleep during the procedure. A surgeon performing a colectomy will make a lower midline incision in the abdomen or a lateral lower transverse incision. The diseased section of the large intestine is removed and then the two healthy ends are sewn or stapled back together. A colostomy may be performed when the bowel has to be relieved of its normal digestive work as it heals. A colostomy implies creating a temporary opening of the colon on the skin surface and the end of the colon is passed through the abdominal wall and a removable bag is attached to it. The waste will be collected in the bag.
However, most of the surgeons prefer performing the bowel resection laparoscopically mainly because the postoperative pain is reduced and the patient's recovery is faster. The laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure in which three to four smaller incisions are made in the abdomen or navel.
All colon surgery involves only three maneuvers that may vary in complexity depending on the region of the bowel and the nature of the disease which are the retraction of the colon, the division of the attachments to the colon and the dissection of the mesentery. After the resection of the colon, the surgeon normally divides the attachments to the liver and the small intestine. After the mesenteric vessels are dissected, the colon is divided with special surgical staplers that close off the bowel while cutting between the staple lines.
Lesnar said it himself: his health is his first priority, fighting again his second. Although athletes of his caliber are generally able to recover from complicated and superficial ailments more easily than their sedentary counterparts in society, one has to think the invasiveness of either surgical procedure carries significant risk of upholding Lesnar's first priority at the expense of the second.
The other key figure in the fallout from Brock Lesnar's absence from the UFC 131 card is Junior dos Santos. The rising UFC heavyweight has to be feeling frustration over the opponent change. It isn't that Carwin isn't a tough challenge that can move him up the ranks should he emerge victorious from their fight. We already know the winner of this bout will still receive a title shot against Cain Velasquez. In fact, the short-notice change for dos Santos, if anything, raises the stakes. But beating a known figure like Lesnar is the sort of accomplishment that would allow him to turn a corner in his career, particularly coming off of this season of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter'. In some sense, this entire thing has been about dos Santos' coming out party. The stakes are still just as high, but in terms of UFC fan and sporting media visibility, the payoff is diminished.
"I got a little upset about this change, but I’m happy that the UFC got another opponent for me," Dos Santos told Sherdog.com Thursday evening. "Carwin is an excellent fighter and deserves all my respect."
The opponent swap is not the first curveball the 26-year-old Brazilian has been thrown in recent months. After notching a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson at UFC 117 in August, Dos Santos became the top contender to reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. When Velasquez opted to surgery on a torn rotator cuff, however, the deck was reshuffled. Lesnar and Dos Santos were announced as coaches for "TUF 13," with the winner to be named the new No. 1 contender.
"His boxing skills are great," said Dos Santos of Carwin, who has secured all four of his UFC wins by first-round stoppage. "It’s gonna be a great fight with tough blows from both sides. I would say that it will end by knockout."
"I want to fight," Dos Santos said. "I’m in the best moment of my career and I want to make my dream of being a UFC champion come true."
Ultimately, dos Santos wants to strike while the iron is hot. He'll get the tough challenges and the respect from insiders if he wins. And overtime, if he continues to succeed, he'll get that from outsiders as well. But defeating Lesnar on a grand stage would've rocketed the process forward. He may still get there, but it'll be a slower, more circuitous route now.
One of the few people to benefit from this news, if such a thing can be said, is UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin. He's stepping in for an ill Brock Lesnar and has an extraordinarily tough fight with Junior dos Santos. Lots of questions to be asked here, most notably, is he ready? Carwin was originally scheduled to face Jon Olav Einemo on the same card, but Einemo is a radically different opponent.
In a statement published on his website, Carwin wrote the following:
I was training and my phone was blowing up so I looked over and saw some missed calls from Dana and Joe Silva. I reached out to my manager to see what was going on and he informed me that we are taking Lesnar's spot for 131.
Junior is a serious fight and not the type of fight that you would normally take on a 30 day notice but I have a dream to chase and I do not have a lot of time to chase it. This is an opportunity to put myself in contention for the title. I know my Coaches will have me ready so I have everything to gain.
My manager said "This is where you belong" and I am going to make sure I do everything I can to prove him right.
Please help make UFC 131 one of the biggest cards in the year.
I hope Brock is able to recover. I look forward to facing him again one day.
According to Kevin Iole, the winner of this bout will still receive a title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez:
Jordan Breen argues some might be more enthusiastic about this bout than Lesnar vs. dos Santos given the unique power both Carwin and dos Santos possess:
Many people seem more excited by Carwin-JDS by virtue of the fact that it makes it nearly a lock that someone's head gets put on backwards.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyJordan Breen
Whatever the virtues of Carwin vs. Dos Santos (and there are many), the bout cannot be considered the promotional juggernaut that Lesnar vs. dos Santos or any other reasonably popular heavyweight could provide.
Brock Lesnar was adamant on the call today this wouldn't be the end of his fighting future, but stressed fixing his health was naturally a higher priority than wondering if he'll fight again. He also noted he hadn't made a decision on whether or not to opt for more antibiotics or look to surgery.
Lesnar was hospitalized for 11 days and lost 40 pounds in his first bout with the disease.
White said Lesnar's second bout was diagnosed recently at the Mayo Clinic.
"He's got some serious choices to make in the next couple of weeks whether to fight this thing or to take surgery," he said.
Lesnar said his second bout with the illness hasn't been as serious as his first. Surgery could potentially jeopardize his future in the sport.
Lesnar said that he has been feeling sick for three months and has been on antibiotics, and that "It didn't allow me to train to my full capabilities. I was forced to make a decision to go back to the doctor this week." Lesnar said he spent 14 hours talking to doctors at the Mayo Clinic this week, and although he insisted that the illness won't end his career and that he won't retire from MMA, he said there's simply no way he can fight as scheduled in June.
"It wouldn't have been fair," Lesnar said. "My health is No. 1, my family is No. 1 and it was a hard decision. I'm choked up about it and there's nothing I can do."
Lesnar said White has been "first class" in his support through this relapse of his illness. White said he told Lesnar to make sure his personal health was his top priority.
For the UFC, losing the Lesnar-dos Santos bout is a major blow: This season of The Ultimate Fighter has been devoted to building up the two coaches, and it was expected to be one of the UFC's biggest pay-per-views of 2011. Instead, the UFC has now lost that main event, just a week after losing its UFC 130 main event of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard.
Recall Jon Jones also pulled out of his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133 later this summer. Among Lesnar, Jones and the rubber match between Edgar and Maynard, the UFC has lost considerable potential pay-per-view purchases.
The UFC held a special media conference call to announce that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is again suffering from diverticulitis, the illness that sidelined him for an entire year and nearly ended his career. UFC President Dana White announced today Lesnar is out of UFC 131. UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin will replace Lesnar at UFC 131 and will face Junior dos Santos in his absence.
"I want to thank the UFC. I want to thank to Mr. White. I want to apologize to Junior dos Santos and Spike TV," Lesnar said today on the call today.
Lesnar said he's felt symptoms the last three months, including during shooting of Spike TV's 'The Ultimate Fighter'. According to the fighter, he felt abdominal pain during course of training camp. He went to get a CT scan, which revealed visible inflation. "Due to that, it didn't allow me to train to my full capabilities," Lesnar stated.
Lesnar was adamant this did not threaten his fighting career or future in the UFC. "It's not as serious as last time," Lesnar said, referencing his 2009-10 bout with the illness. "I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of my fight career."
The frustration, though, was palpable: "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired."
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