WWE: The Wrestling Fan's Guide to Brock Lesnar's MMA Fights for K-1 and UFC
Brock Lesnar is one of the most dominating forces in WWE history. His presence creates excitement and unpredictability wherever he appears. The last time the WWE Universe saw Lesnar, he broke the arm of Triple H.
Even with Lesnar away from WWE at the moment, the speculation on what will take place in the future is running rampant. WWE fans may not know that Lesnar was present at UFC 146 and had a private meeting with UFC President Dana White.
Does this signal a possible return to the UFC in the future of Lesnar? Dana White is a sharp businessman and understands that Lesnar is the biggest pay-per-view draw that the company has ever seen. With all signs pointing towards a short run in WWE, the possibility of Lesnar reigniting his MMA career at some point down the road is huge.
There is no question that everyone reading this article knows who Lesnar is.
There is a question, however, as to whether or not you are fully familiar with the MMA career of Lesnar. From his first MMA fight in K-1 to his final battle in UFC, I will take you through every MMA battle in the career of Brock Lesnar.
1. Brock Lesnar vs. Min Soo Kim at K-1 Dynamite!! USA
Shortly after Brock left WWE, he continued his wrestling career in New Japan Pro Wrestling and made an attempt to play professional football in the National Football League. Shortly thereafter, Brock made a huge announcement at a K-1 event in Las Vegas on April 26, 2006. Brock told the Las Vegas crowd that he would be pursuing an MMA career with K-1.
In August 2006, Brock announced that he had signed a one-year contract with K-1. His first fight was scheduled to take place on June 2, 2007 against Choi Hong-Man in Los Angeles, California.
Hong-Man was replaced by Min Soo Kim on short notice. Kim, a judo fighter, had really no idea what to expect out of the former WWE Undisputed Champion.
When the fight began, Brock Lesnar quickly took control and took Kim to the ground. After dominating Kim from the top position, Lesnar finished Kim at the 1:09 mark in the first round by submission via strikes.
Brock Lesnar was now 1-0 in his MMA career.
2. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 81
In the UFC, it is practically impossible for a fighter to have one professional fight and get a contract with the company. Dana White soon found out that Brock isn't just any regular fighter.
Brock Lesnar draws money wherever he goes. White knew that the publicity that Lesnar would draw could create a huge push for the UFC in a positive direction. Dana also knew that Brock needed a true challenge for his debut to have an impact.
Frank Mir was the former UFC Heavyweight Champion and was in a transitional period of his career. He went into this fight as a heavy favorite over the inexperienced Lesnar.
On February 2, 2008, Brock and Mir took to the center of the cage. Within 10 seconds, Brock took Mir down. Lesnar started an unorthodox ground-and-pound to the face of Mir. However, an errant blow from Brock grazed the back of Mir's head, and the fight was stopped by the referee.
This controversial call gave Mir time to regain his senses and stood the two back up to a vertical base. When the fight restarted, Brock quickly nailed Mir with a straight right hand sending him to his back.
Brock went on a ferocious attack, pounding Mir on the ground. The two scrambled, with Mir desperately seeking a submission attempt.
Brock stood over his opponent briefly, looking for an opening. At this moment, Mir wrapped Brock's right leg with his own legs and took him down in a vicious knee bar.
Brock was forced to tap out. Luckily, this wasn't the last time Brock stepped into The Octagon with Frank Mir.
Brock Lesnar was now 1-1 in his MMA career.
Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring at UFC 87
Just six months after his devastating loss to Frank Mir, Brock stepped back inside the Octagon on August 9, 2008 to take on former Pride FC heavyweight superstar Heath Herring.
Herring was a very dangerous opponent and was another great challenge for Brock Lesnar. Many Lesnar fans were nervous going into this fight because of Herring's experience.
Brock proved to the world at UFC 87 that he was up to the challenge. The first punch landed by Brock in the fight sent Herring to the canvas, shattering his eye socket.
Lesnar showed his speed as he followed up with a barrage of offense. For three entire five-minute rounds, Lesnar dominated the action and defeated Herring by unanimous decision.
Brock Lesnar was now 2-1 in his MMA career.
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture at UFC 91 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
Each time Brock Lesnar graced the UFC cage, the pay-per-view buyrate would continue to go up. Dana White knew he had to continue to strike while the iron was hot.
Randy Couture had left the UFC as their Heavyweight Champion over a contract dispute. Dana approached Randy about coming back to defend his championship against the bigger, stronger, younger Lesnar.
This fight was historic because Brock was getting a title shot after just three professional fights. In this day and age, the thought is completely unheard of, and I doubt it will ever happen again.
Randy agreed to fight Lesnar and believed that he had the game plan to halt the former WWE Undisputed Champion.
The show drew over one million pay-per-view buys to witness Lesnar overpower Couture in route to becoming the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Randy tried to wear down the much bigger Lesnar early on by making him work in a clinch on the cage. Brock unleashed a huge right hand to the ear of Couture early in the second round and finished Randy with a vicious ground-and-pound.
Lesnar made nearly half a million dollars from this fight and made history by becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion after just three career bouts.
Brock was now 3-1 in his MMA career.
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir at UFC 100 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
During the brief retirement of Randy Couture, the UFC was forced to create an Interim Heavyweight Champion. Frank Mir defeated Antonio Nogueria to become the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Meanwhile, Couture made his return and lost his UFC Heavyweight Championship to Brock Lesnar.
The stage was set for the biggest UFC Heavyweight Championship fight in history at the biggest UFC show in history.
UFC 100 took place on July 11, 2009 and drew 1.6 million buys on pay-per-view. The card featured three huge fights with Georges St. Pierre defending his Welterweight Championship against Thiao Alves, Dan Henderson against Michael Bisping and Lesnar against Mir to unify the UFC World Heavyweight Championship.
Lesnar and Mir stood toe-to-toe for the biggest heavyweight fight of all-time to that point. Lesnar walked away from Mir without touching gloves, and the fight was on.
This fight started much the way their first encounter did. Brock took control of Mir early with a vicious takedown. Unlike the first fight, however, Brock took his time while controlling Mir on the ground.
Brock spend the entire first round destroying Mir's face with a devastating ground-and-pound. Going into Round 2, Brock had a huge one-round advantage, but many people wondered if Brock had worn himself out.
In the second round, Brock knocked Mir down, but allowed him to get back to his feet. Mir threw a punch that momentarily rocked Lesnar. Mir followed with a jumping knee, but both men went to the ground with Brock Lesnar on top.
Brock continued his ground-and-pound on Mir during the second round and eventually pinned him up against the cage. Mir went limp and the referee stopped the fight. Lesnar had become the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Brock Lesnar was now 4-1 in his MMA career.
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin at UFC 116 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
Approximately one year later, Brock Lesnar returned to the Octagon to face Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin at UFC 116 on July 3, 2010
Carwin was next in line for a shot at the championship and was set to take on Brock at UFC 106 in November of 2009. However, Brock pulled out of the fight due to an undisclosed illness. The fight was rescheduled for UFC 108, but once again, Brock was forced to withdraw due to an illness.
Dana White then informed the public that Lesnar was diagnosed with a serious bout of diverticulitis. The disorder put Brock out of action indefinitely, and it was uncertain whether or not he would return. Meanwhile, Frank Mir and Carwin fought for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship at UFC 111.
Undefeated Carwin defeated Mir at UFC 111 and claimed the throne of UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. During this time period, Brock had successful surgery and was on the road to recovery. The stage was then set for a clash between Brock Lesnar and Shawn Carwin.
When the fight finally took place, Carwin used his superior boxing skills to stun Brock early in the first round. Brock was put onto his back and dominated by Carwin throughout the first five minutes. Brock was able to just barely weather the storm and allowed himself a short amount of time to recover.
Brock's corner suspected that Carwin had punched himself out in the first round. It turned out that Brock's corner was correct and Carwin was completely gassed.
Brock came out of the corner, bloody and bruised, and quickly took Carwin to the mat. After a few strikes, Brock locked Carwin in a tight-arm triangle choke and forced Carwin to submit.
Lesnar had overcome a devastating first round to once again defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Brock Lesnar was now 5-1 in his MMA career and was gearing up to defend his championship against another undefeated warrior, Cain Velasquez.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship
Brock Lesnar was now on quite a roll. He had won his last four fights and had already defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship twice.
Cain Velasquez was undefeated and had earned his way into the championship fight with Lesnar. The stage was set for a huge heavyweight clash on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121.
Going into the fight, experts predicted that Velasquez would have the advantage in striking and conditioning, while Brock may have an advantage in strength and takedowns.
When the fight started, Brock charged Cain immediately like a bull. Brock threw a couple of unconventional flying knees and tried to take advantage early. Cain weathered the early storm by Lesnar.
Brock scored a takedown, but Velasquez bounced back up to his feet quickly. Cain then connected with a couple of hard shots that stunned Brock and cut him open.
Brock went into immediate retreat mode as Cain went in for the kill. After a flurry of hard punches to a downed Lesnar, the referee stopped the fight and declared Velasquez the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
After the fight, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani was interviewing The Undertaker, who was in attendance for the fight. During the interview, Lesnar walked past, and The Undertaker stopped him and asked, "You want to do it?"
Brock didn't return an answer, but speculation started to brew that Lesnar would return to WWE to wrestle The Undertaker.
Brock Lesnar was now 5-2 in the UFC.
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 141
Brock Lesnar took some time away from UFC, but shortly made a return as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. Brock's opposition, Junior Dos Santos, was scheduled to compete against Brock at UFC 131 with a shot at the Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Sadly, Brock was hit with another bout of diverticulitus and was forced to withdraw from the fight. Once again, speculation started as to whether or not Brock would return to UFC and continue his career.
Meanwhile, Shane Carwin replaced Brock in the fight against Junior Dos Santos. Junior went on to defeat Carwin and earn a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
After surgery, Brock announced that he was ready to return to UFC. Dana White booked Brock to take on the monstrous Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011 with a shot at new UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos on the line.
Both huge men went into this fight very confident. Once again, Brock may have had the advantage if the fight got to the ground, but there was no doubt that Overeem had a heavy advantage in the stand-up game.
When the fight started, Brock tried to stand with Overeem, but was quickly struck with a variety of intense, painful strikes. Overeem connected with a vicious kick to the sternum of Lesnar, dropping the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Overeem followed with a flurry of punches that caused the referee to stop the fight and award Overeem a TKO victory at 2:26 in the first round.
After the fight, Brock announced his retirement from the UFC.
Brock Lesnar had many challenges during his MMA career. Every fight that he had was against a viable championship contender. Not once did Dana White give Lesnar a tune-up fight against someone near the bottom of the division.
Brock finished with a 5-3 MMA record.
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