Brock Lesnar’s training partner at Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and fellow UFC heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer talked to the Las Vegas Sun about Lesnar’s illness and his decision to withdraw from his November title defense against Shane Carwin, which has since been rescheduled for UFC 108 on January 2:
“He actually practiced (Sunday) and thought he might be feeling alright. He said, ‘Wow, I think I’m doing OK today,’ (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.’
There’s a lot of [H1N1] cases…around here. 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.
He was very excited for this fight. He was always in good spirits. I could tell he was kind of let down today and he told us he felt really bad.”