Brock Lesnar and the 10 Biggest Freaks of Nature in MMA
The sport of mixed martial arts is comprised of several different type of athletes.
Kenny Florian is perhaps the most successful fighter to have never won a title, though his physique—a lanky, thin, wiry post-pubescent man—is perhaps the most underwhelming of his attributes.
However, there also exist other fighters who are Florian's polar opposite, one being Brock Lesnar—a behemoth of a man whose physique makes the most intimate of Twilight fans cringe in fear.
This 6-foot-11 Goliath who weights upwards of 300 pounds is a veteran of both the UFC and PRIDE circuit, but he's perhaps best known for his run through the K-1 circuit.
A touted kickboxer hailing from the Golden Glory crew, Schilt has garnered four K-1 World Grand Prix titles while demolishing many a great opponent, including former champions Remy Bonjasky, Peter Aerts and Badr Hari.
His wingspan is recorded at 83.5 inches—Jon Jones still has this guy beat.
This 7-foot-2 giant has been a big spectacle overseas, having been a participant in many questionable battles both in the K-1 and DREAM circuit.
Under the DREAM banner, "The Korean Monster" has tangled with men literally half his size, with Jose Canseco, Ikuhisa Minowa and Fedor Emelianenko among some of his opponents.
Nearly 400 pounds, Choi remains one of the more notable and visible figures in Japan.
Standing at 6-foot-8, Wagner Martins, better known simply as Zuluzinho, is one of the more memorable opponents that the aforementioned Fedor Emelianenko had faced.
Weighing upwards of 400 pounds, Martins didn't fare well against the mixed martial arts icon, but that didn't stop the Brazilian from enjoying a relatively successful career as a fighter, where his professional record now stands at 13 wins against seven losses.
Just a picture wouldn't do this guy justice.
Yarborough holds the Guinness World Record for largest athlete, as this former collegiate wrestling star has weighed upwards of 800 pounds against his 6-foot-8 frame.
Later transitioning his grappling skills to the Japan circuit, Manny became a successful sumo wrestler, before making his way to the cage as a mixed martial artist. He made his professional debut at UFC 3 against Keith Hackney, losing by first-round TKO.
He exited the sport after going 1-2, with his last bout resulting in embarrassing fashion (see above).
A former NFL hopeful, Bob Sapp had to put his football dreams aside when the behemoth was popped for alleged steroid use.
Weighing in well over 300 pounds, this lean muscle-bound machine took to Japanese circuit by storm, having many memorable battles with the likes of Mirko Cro Cop, Antonio Rodgrigo Nogueira and the legendary Ernest Hoost.
Paulo Da Silva
Better known as simply "Giant Silva," Paulo first made waves as a former WWE wrestler in the late 1990s, before he took to mixed martial arts some years later.
In 2003, Silva made his professional mixed martial arts debut under the now-defunct PRIDE banner, where he compiled an overall 1-6 record whilst in the juggernaut promotion, losing to notables Heath Herring, James Thompson and Ikuhisa Minowa.
I guess a 7-foot-2, near-400-pound frame is not enough to be a successful face puncher—at least not professionally.
He may not be the most freakishly large of the bunch, but Brock Lesnar's tirade through mixed martial arts has been freakish in of itself.
Weighing over 280 pounds come fight time, Lesnar has a strength that has so far been unmatched in mixed martial arts, likely his years hailing as a collegiate wrestling star.
A natural talent, Lesnar earned the UFC title in 2008 with a TKO victory over Randy Couture in just his third bout with the promotion—a feat that has been rarely matched in the heavyweight class.
A former super heavyweight who later turned to the 265-pound class, Antonio Silva has been appropriately been dubbed, "Big Foot," as this Brazilian behemoth regularly out matches his opponents with his sheer size.
Suffering from Acromegaly—a syndrome that produces excessive growth hormones—Silva weighs well over the heavyweight limit, having been clocked as heavy as 290-plus pounds come fight time and standing at 6-foot-4. Silva has bested many great fighters in his mixed martial arts career, with victories over former champions Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko anchoring his résumé.
Shane Carwin looks swolen.
This heavyweight juggernaut first made waves in the mixed martial arts world when he made his UFC debut opposite of submission specialist Christian Wellisch, knocking out the tested veteran in less than a minute into the opening round.
Standing over 6-feet tall, Carwin, in the past, had regularly just barely made the heavyweight limit, regularly cutting down from close to 300 pounds in the offseason in order to make the 265-pound mark.
It's not enough that Alistair Overeem stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs in over 250 pounds, but that guy also does strong man circuits—same kind of training that Goliaths like Mariusz Pudzianowski has done in the past.
A K-1 sensation and mixed martial arts star, Overeem has resurrected his career as a heavyweight and now meets Brock Lesnar later this month in a blockbuster battle, which will pit two former world champions in a No. 1 contender's bout to determine the next UFC title challenger.
It almost seems unfair that the former five-time "World's Strongest Man" fights in MMA.
Though he has since pared down to approximately 255 pounds—which is still big for any heavyweight stud—Pudzianowski, in his heyday, weighed upwards of 300 pounds and wielded an unmatched strength that he has since been brought over to the mixed martial arts realm, besting lesser men in cave man-like action, clubbing opponents with heavy blows.