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Brock Lesnar Undergoes Surgery, Still Targeted for January 2012 Return

Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar underwent surgery on Friday to reduce symptoms from the digestive disease that forced him off UFC 131, but is still on track to return to action as early as January.

UFC President Dana White announced during Saturday’s UFC 130 event that Lesnar had 12 inches of his colon removed in a successful operation following a Thursday appointment at the Mayo Clinic, where he’s been undergoing treatment for diverticulitis that first affected him in 2009.

Lesnar (5-2) was scheduled to fight fellow Ultimate Fighter 13 coach Junior dos Santos at June’s UFC 131 for a shot at heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, who claimed the title from Lesnar in October.

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