MMA / Wrestling By The Numbers: Brock Lesnar
Following his first round knockout loss at UFC # 141 against former Strikeforce World Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar announced he was retiring from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and mixed martial arts. The 34-year-old Webster South Dakota native had been with the UFC as a contender in the company’s heavyweight division for the past four years. After losing his debut fight in the UFC to Frank Mir, Lesnar went on to win his next four fights in the company, including winning the UFC World Heavyweight Championship in only his fourth professional contest. After losing his title to Cain Velasquez in October of 2011, Lesnar was a coach on season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter competing against Junior Dos Santos. He then had a second battle with diverticulitis which kept him out of the octagon for over a year prior to his comeback this past Friday night. Prior to joining the UFC, Lesnar had only one previous mixed martial arts fight on his resume, it was on the 2007 Dynamite USA event cross-promoted by Elite XC, K-1 Kickboxing and Hero’s Fighting and Entertainment group.
After an outstanding high school and college wrestling career which included being the year 2000 N.C.A.A. Heavyweight Champion and a 2-time N.C.A.A. All-American, Lesnar was hyped as The Next Big Thing when he debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002 with Paul Heyman as his manager. He was with the organization for 4 years from 2000-2004, with his first two years spent training in Ohio Valley Wrestling. He became a main event star becoming a 3-time WWE Champion. He had memorable feuds with The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and Goldberg and was apart of the main event of Wrestlemania XIX.
After surprisingly leaving the WWE after his match at Wrestlemania XX, Lesnar announced he was going to attempt to persue a career in the National Football League. He ended up playing in pre-season games for the Minnesota Vikings before being a late cut on the team. He then competed from 2005-2006 in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. After leaving Japan Lesnar joined the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and began training under Greg Nelson and Marty Morgan.
Below we look at both the mixed martial arts and professional wrestling career of Brock Lesnar…
Ultimate Fighting Championship:
*7 Fights on UFC Pay-Per-View with a record of 4-3.
*5 Main Event Fights on UFC Pay-Per-View.
Elite Xtreme Combat:
*1 Fight (11th Most All-Time) on Elite XC Pay-Per-View with a record of 1-0. (Fight: 2007 Dynamite U.S.A. Vs Min Soo Kim)
World Wrestling Entertainment:
*24 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
*10 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
*12 Matches on WWE Raw Supershow.
*3 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw Supershow.
*54 Matches on WWE Smackdown Supershow.
*32 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown Supershow.