The stage has been set. December 30, 2011. Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC 141.
It is on this grand stage, the final UFC event of 2011, that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will make his long awaited return to the Octagon. Standing in the opposite corner, making his long awaited Octagon debut, will be former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, "The Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem.
The battle between these two heavyweight monsters was only announced a few short days ago and is already one of the most anticipated fights of the last few years. Not only that, but thanks to the main event, UFC 141 is gearing up to be the biggest (or one of the biggest) pay per view draw in the history of mixed martial arts. This clash simply has "money" written all over it.
Unsurprisingly, MMA's online community has already produced hundreds of opinion pieces regarding the fight. Some have argued who will win or lose, some have presented betting odds and others have simply marveled at how huge of an event this is certain to be.
In addition to the already innumerable articles out there, we here at Bleacher Report have decided to take a break from the norm, and simply present to you the history of one half of this heavyweight clash, Brock Lesnar.
Let's start by taking a look at a few of his accomplishments, beginning with his NCAA wrestling career:
- NCAA Division 1 Heavyweight Wrestling Champion
- 3-Time WWE Champion
- IWGP Heavyweight Champion
- NFL Linebacker (Final roster cut of the 2004 Minnesota Vikings)
- Highest paid mixed martial artist of all time.
- Main draw for the highest grossing UFC pay per view of all time.
- Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion
While that is certainly an impressive resume, Brock Lesnar's list of career highlights is more unique than anything. Let's take a look back, shall we, at exactly how Lesnar would go from a regular child in the nowhere town of Webster, South Dakota, all the way up to main event attraction at the biggest events in MMA history!