I feel bad for posting up that Brock Lesnar video where he’s out at a football game while supposedly sick. I really don’t want to advance the theory that this is a fake illness and an excuse to shuffle fights around in a way that’s better for the UFC’s wallet. Shit like this happens, and I don’t think there’s a conspiracy. And I’m usually the first one to suspect a conspiracy. The main reason I’m trusting the UFC on this one is because His Holiness Dave Meltzer confirmed the illness. And he’s a guy that decodes professionally drafted bullshit in pro wrestling for a living. But for further proof, here’s Lesnar’s training partner Chris Tuchscherer giving you more details:
According to Lesnar’s training partner Chris Tuchscherer, 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.
Although there’s no confirmation that Lesnar has the H1N1 flu, commonly referred to as swine flu, Tuchscherer said he thought it seemed likely.
“There’s a lot of cases of that around here,” Tuchscherer said. “There are a lot of confirmed cases of it. I don’t want to say it’s that for sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me.”
Brock Lesnar isn’t the only one struck down with the flu. Shane Carwin also had the same thing, although he was going to totally tough it out:
Last week was the first week that I actually started feeling better from a strain of the swine flu. I had lost over 15 pounds (something I could not afford to loose) and had just pulled some muscles in my leg during training.
Fighting for the UFC belt is my path and honestly Brock coming down with his illness only gives me more time to be in that much better shape. It is a blessing if you want to know the truth. I would have never pulled out of the fight. I would wheel myself to the cage if it was my choice. I know this is my destiny and I don’t need everything to be perfect I just need my opportunity to show the world what I can do and who I am.
I imagine there’s no better way to get swine flu than hitting up the gym for a bit of jiu jitsu training. That shit is like basting yourself in the sweat of your entire class.