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Brock Lesnar
Lesnar
Birth name Brock Edward Lesnar
Born July 12 1977 (1977-07-12) (age 40)
Webster, South Dakota, USA
Resides Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Canada
Spouse(s) Sable (m. 2006)
Children 4
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brock Lesnar
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 286 lb (130 kg)
Billed from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Trained By Brad Rheingans
Curt Hennig
Dean Malenko
Doug Basham
Nightmare Danny Davis
Debut October 11, 2000

  Brock Edward Lesnar[1] (born July 12, 1977)[1] is an American[2] professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist,[3] amateur wrestler and professional American football player who worked with OVW, NJPW, IGF and WWE (currently).[4]

After his successful amateur wrestling career at Bismarck State College and the University of Minnesota, Lesnar signed with WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation) in 2000. He was assigned to its developmental promotion Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he was a three-time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion with Shelton Benjamin. After debuting on WWE's main roster in 2002, Lesnar won the then WWE Undisputed Championship five months after his main roster debut at the age of 25, becoming the youngest champion in the title's history. He was also the 2002 King of the Ring and the 2003 Royal Rumble winner, making him the youngest King of the Ring and Royal Rumble winner as well.[5][6] Following his match with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar left the WWE and pursued a career in the National Football League (NFL).[7] He was named a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, but was cut prior to the start of the 2004 season.[8] In 2005, Lesnar returned to professional wrestling and signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. After a contractual dispute with NJPW, he also wrestled as IWGP Heavyweight Champion in the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF).[9]

In 2006, Lesnar pursued a career in mixed martial arts (MMA), as he signed with Hero's and won his first fight, against Min-Soo Kim, in June 2007.[10] He then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) the following October. Lesnar lost in his UFC debut against Frank Mir and then won his second fight against Heath Herring. In November 2008, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Shortly after a successful title defense in a rematch with Mir, Lesnar was sidelined due to diverticulitis. He would return at UFC 116 to defeat Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin and unify the heavyweight championships, becoming the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in the process. Lesnar then lost the championship to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. In 2011, he was once again sidelined due to diverticulitis and underwent surgery.[11] Lesnar returned at UFC 141 in December, losing to Alistair Overeem and promptly retiring from MMA.[12] Lesnar was a box office sensation in UFC, as he took part in a some of the best selling pay-per-view events in UFC history, including UFC 100 and UFC 116.[13]

In June 2016 at UFC 199, the UFC announced that Lesnar would return to MMA to fight at UFC 200. His opponent was later revealed to be Mark Hunt. Lesnar would defeat Hunt via unanimous decision. However, after Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene, a banned substance on the UFC's anti-doping policy, he was suspended from competing in the UFC by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for one year, fined $250,000 and his victory over Hunt was overturned to a no-contest. Lesnar then retired from MMA for a second time in 2017.

Lesnar is a three-time (the fifth and fourth are not reconized due to his puroresu carrer) world champion in WWE, a one-time heavyweight champion in the UFC, a one-time heavyweight champion in NJPW, and a one-time heavyweight wrestling champion in the NCAA, the only person in history to win a championship in each of those organizations.[14][15] He has headlined numerous pay-per-view events for both the WWE and UFC, including WrestleMania XIX, UFC 100 and UFC 116. Lesnar has been managed by Paul Heyman throughout the majority of his professional wrestling career.

Early life Edit

Lesnar was born and raised in Webster, South Dakota,[16] the son of Stephanie and Richard Lesnar, who owned and operated a dairy farm.[17] He is of German descent.[18] He has two older brothers named Troy and Chad and a younger sister named Brandi.[16] At age 17, he joined the Army National Guard, where he was assigned to an office job after his red-green colorblindness was deemed hazardous to his desire to work with explosives.[16][19] He lost this job after failing a computer typing test and later worked for a construction company.[16]

Lesnar attended Webster High School, where he played football[16] and competed in amateur wrestling, placing third in the state championships his senior year.[20] He then attended Bismarck State College, where he won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) heavyweight wrestling championship in his sophomore year.[21] He transferred to the University of Minnesota on a wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior college years, where he was roommates with future WWE colleague Shelton Benjamin, who was also his assistant coach.[16][22]

Lesnar won the 2000 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I heavyweight wrestling championship his senior year after being the runner-up to Stephen Neal the year prior. He finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, the 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion and the 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Champion, with a record of 106–5 overall in four years of college.[23]

Professional wrestling career Edit

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment Edit

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002) Edit

In 2000, Lesnar signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and was sent to its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where Lesnar first met future friend and manager Paul Heyman.[24] He formed a tag team known as The Minnesota Stretching Crew with his former college roommate Shelton Benjamin and together they won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions.[25] Lesnar wrestled several dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the WWF's main roster.[9]

WWE Champion (2002–2003) Edit

Lesnar debuted on WWF television on the March 18, 2002 episode of Raw as a villain, attacking Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley during their match, while also being accompanied by Paul Heyman, who was seen giving instructions to Lesnar.[26] When the brand extension was introduced in the WWF, Lesnar was drafted to the Raw brand.[27] Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnar's agent and gave Lesnar the nickname "The Next Big Thing".[28] Lesnar's first feud was with The Hardy Boyz and Lesnar defeated Jeff Hardy by knockout after Hardy was unable to respond to referee Theodore Long at Backlash on April 21, his first official televised match.[9][29][30] The next night on Raw, Lesnar faced off against Jeff Hardy's brother, Matt Hardy, and defeated him in the same fashion.[31] Lesnar and Shawn Stasiak lost to The Hardy Boyz at Insurrextion on May 4 after Stasiak was pinned, but he attacked all the participants after the match.[32] At Judgment Day on May 19, Lesnar and Heyman defeated The Hardy Boyz.

In June 2002, Lesnar won the King of the Ring tournament, defeating Bubba Ray Dudley in the first round, Booker T in the quarter-finals, Test in the semi-finals and Rob Van Dam in the finals,[5] earning him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam. At Vengeance on July 21, Lesnar lost to Van Dam in a WWE Intercontinental Championship match by disqualification. On July 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown! brand.[33] After a quick feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan in August 2002, Lesnar defeated WWE Undisputed Champion The Rock at SummerSlam on August 25 to become the WWE Undisputed Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25, a record previously held by The Rock himself.[34] He also became the second fastest professional wrestler to win the WWE Championship since his debut (126 days) behind only Ric Flair (113 days).[35] At the time, the WWE Undisputed Championship was being defended on both brands, so Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to return on Raw the following night. However, SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that Lesnar was only required to defend the title on SmackDown! shows and events, forcing Bischoff to establish a new championship for the Raw brand (the World Heavyweight Championship), while the WWE Undisputed Championship was then renamed the WWE Championship.[36]

Lesnar's rapid rise to the top of WWE in 2002 led to a feud with The Undertaker, which involved a match at Unforgiven on September 22.[37] The match ended in a double disqualification and Lesnar retained the title. Lesnar faced The Undertaker again at No Mercy, this time in a Hell in a Cell match. Leading up to the match, in the storyline, Lesnar broke The Undertaker's hand with a propane tank.[38] Despite Heyman begging McMahon not to let The Undertaker use his cast as a weapon, the request was denied and the match went on as planned.[39] At No Mercy on October 20, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker to retain the title.[37] After his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, Lesnar successfully retained the WWE Championship in a handicap match with Heyman against Edge at Rebellion on October 26.[40]

Lesnar's next opponent was Big Show and Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnar could not win, trying to talk him out of defending the title.[41] Lesnar refused and defended the title against Show at Survivor Series on November 17, Lesnar performed an F-5 on Show, but Heyman pulled the referee out of the ring, voiding the pinfall. This allowed Show to chokeslam Lesnar on a steel chair to win the title. This loss was Lesnar's first pinfall loss in WWE and led Lesnar to turn into a fan favorite.[42] Following Survivor Series, Heyman made it clear that Lesnar would not get a rematch, and had snuck a special clause saying so into his contract.[43] In order to gain his revenge on Big Show and Heyman, Lesnar interfered in his first title defense, which came against Kurt Angle the next month at Armageddon on December 15, where Lesnar executed the F-5 on Big Show, which enabled Angle to pin him and win the title. On the following episode of SmackDown!, however, Angle introduced Heyman as his manager and, despite promising Lesnar a title shot earlier in the evening, declared that Lesnar still would not get it. Lesnar's rivalry with Heyman and Big Show resumed, which culminated in a match at the Royal Rumble in January 2003 with the winner being placed into the Royal Rumble later in the evening. On January 19, Lesnar would defeat Show and entered the Royal Rumble match as the No. 29 entry, the second to last competitor to enter the match. He eliminated Matt Hardy and The World's Greatest Tag Team, which was composed of Charlie Haas and his former OVW teammate Shelton Benjamin, who were mentored by Angle. Lesnar would then eliminate The Undertaker last and win the Royal Rumble, which guaranteed him a title match at WrestleMania XIX.[42] After the Royal Rumble, Lesnar and Chris Benoit defeated Angle, Haas and Benjamin at No Way Out on February 23.[42] During the match at WrestleMania XIX on March 30, Lesnar botched a shooting star press, a move he had done numerous times in developmental matches, and jammed his head and neck. This stunned Lesnar and forced Angle and Lesnar to improvise the finish of the match – a pinfall by Lesnar that allowed him to win his second WWE Championship. Lesnar was diagnosed with a concussion from the botched shooting star press.[42]

After WrestleMania XIX, Lesnar turned his attention to John Cena, who had returned from injury in February 2003 after an F-5 into a ringpost, with Cena claiming Lesnar nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the "F.U." as a jab at the new champion.[44] The feud ended in a match at Backlash on April 27, where Lesnar defeated Cena to retained the title. On the following episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after, in the storyline, he injured Rey Mysterio badly during their match at Backlash. Show's attack resulted in Mysterio being carried out on a stretcher and back board, and Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the back board into the ringpost, compounding the injury.[42] Lesnar called out Show, who demanded that Lesnar put his title on the line against him. This led to a stretcher match for the title at Judgment Day on May 18, which Lesnar successfully retained with help from Rey Mysterio and a forklift.[45] During the scripted rivalry on the June 12 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar lifted Big Show off the top-rope in a superplex which caused the ring to collapse on impact.[46] As Lesnar and Big Show continued their rivalry, Kurt Angle returned from his neck surgery and he and Lesnar began to form a more friendly rivalry, as the two were allies yet contenders for the title. At the first ever SmackDown! brand-exclusive pay-per-view in July named Vengeance, Lesnar defended the title against Angle and Show in a triple threat match, which Angle won by pinning Lesnar to regain the title.[42]

Lesnar continued to aggressively pursue the WWE Championship despite his friendship with Angle. Mr. McMahon became involved in the angle, at first berating Lesnar, who had involved himself in McMahon's rivalry with Zach Gowen, for losing to Angle. This all turned out to be a swerve that came into focus on the August 7 episode of SmackDown! in Kelowna, British Columbia. That night, Lesnar and McMahon were to face each other in a steel cage match with Angle as the special guest referee as per McMahon's orders on the previous week's program. During the match, Lesnar had passed out due to a staged backstage incident and McMahon was set to pin him, but Angle refused to allow McMahon to win that way. As the two men began to argue, Lesnar attacked Angle with an F-5 and kept attacking Angle while McMahon watched and celebrated with him afterwards, turning back into a villain in the process.[47] At SummerSlam on August 24,[48] Lesnar lost to Angle when Angle made Lesnar tapped out to the ankle lock.[49] After that, Lesnar would cement his villain turn by brutalizing smaller wrestlers and attacking his rivals on a more consistent basis. He returned to performing the F-5 into the ringpost, as he did to Spanky and Gowen, and interfered in Angle's matches on two separate occasions. On the September 18 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar defeated Angle in an Iron Man match for the title[50] by a final score of five to four.[51]

Lesnar successfully defended his newly won title against the debuting Paul London on October 9 episode of SmackDown!. He returned to feud with The Undertaker, as Lesnar had previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then champion Kurt Angle, which granted him a shot at Lesnar's title.[52] At No Mercy on October 19, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Biker Chain match.[53] After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as SmackDown! General Manager, Lesnar aligned himself with his former manager. With Survivor Series coming up, Lesnar decided to challenge Angle to a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Lesnar chose Big Show as his first teammate, with Heyman adding a returning Nathan Jones and a debuting Matt Morgan to bring the team number to four. Angle chose Chris Benoit and The APA to join his team. However, Faarooq was injured during a match with Lesnar and Angle's team was forced to find a replacement for him. Lesnar's team picked A-Train to fill the fifth and final spot for them after he attacked John Cena, who refused to accept an invitation to join Lesnar's team. Cena instead joined Angle's team and Angle added Hardcore Holly as the fifth member (Lesnar had legitimately injured Holly the year before and he had not wrestled since).[54] On November 16 at Survivor Series, Lesnar was eliminated after Benoit forced him to tap out to the Crippler Crossface.[53] Lesnar defended the WWE Championship against Benoit on SmackDown!, where Lesnar won after Benoit passed out to Lesnar's debuting Brock Lock submission hold.[55]

Feud with Goldberg and departure (2003–2004) Edit

The Survivor Series in November 2003 also marked the first time Lesnar met Goldberg from the Raw brand. After Lesnar claimed in a backstage interview that he could beat anybody in the world, Goldberg interrupted the interview and introduced himself to Lesnar, shaking hands with him before leaving with a staredown.[53] Lesnar followed this rivalry with a feud involving Hardcore Holly.[56] In the storyline, Holly wanted revenge on Lesnar for legitimately injuring his neck during a previous match between the two in 2002 which left Holly in need of neck surgery and out of action for a year. At the Royal Rumble on January 25, 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship.[57] Later in the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg and attacked him with an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle to eliminate him.[53]

Lesnar defended the WWE Championship against Eddie Guerrero at No Way Out on February 15. Goldberg attacked Lesnar with a spear while the referee was unconscious, allowing Guerrero to pin Lesnar for a near-fall. Lesnar then attempted an F-5 on Guerrero but Guerrero reversed it into a DDT on the title belt and executed a frog splash to win the WWE Championship. An angry Lesnar then began feuding with Goldberg, blaming him for losing his title, and a match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XX on March 14.[58] During the feud with Goldberg, Lesnar was also at odds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was shown suggesting to Goldberg that he attack Lesnar at No Way Out.[59] After Lesnar attacked Austin on Raw and stole his four-wheeler, Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the WrestleMania match.[60] On the March 4 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar defeated Hardcore Holly in his last match on a weekly WWE televised show. Behind the scenes, it was widely known that the match was Goldberg's last in WWE. Only a week before WrestleMania, rumors surfaced that Lesnar too was leaving to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL).[61] As a result, Lesnar's match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both professional wrestlers vociferously.[62] Goldberg won after a Jackhammer and both men subsequently received Stone Cold Stunners from Austin.[62]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2005–2007) Edit

On October 8, 2005, Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on his debut match in a three-way match with Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono at a New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) show in the Tokyo Dome.[63] Lesnar is one of the few American wrestlers to have held this title.[63] He won the match by pinning Masahiro Chono after an F-5, which he had renamed the Verdict since WWE owns the trademark on the F-5 name.[9] After the match, Lesnar stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE, who filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar from continuing to work with NJPW on December 6, but the court did not grant it. Following that, he had two non-title victories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata.[64][65] Lesnar successfully defended the championship on January 4, 2006 against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura.[64] On January 13, WWE once again filed an injunction against Lesnar to stop him from defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship which was also not enforced as he went on to retain his championship against former Sumo Wrestling Grand Champion Akebono on March 19, at the Sumo Hall.[66] Lesnar had another successful title defense against Giant Bernard on May 3. This was the first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990.[67] On July 15, NJPW announced Lesnar would not return to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship due to "visa issues" and had been stripped of the title. A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi. Lesnar continued to possess the physical IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt until late June 2007.[68]

Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle in a champion vs. champion match. Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) promoter Antonio Inoki had stated Lesnar was the "proper" IWGP Heavyweight Champion as he was not defeated for the title. Angle would defeat Lesnar by forcing him to tap out to the ankle lock to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship as recognized by IGF and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[68][69] This was Lesnar's last match as a professional wrestler until 2012, when he re-signed with WWE.

Mixed martial arts career Edit

Hero's (2007) Edit

On April 29, 2006, after the final match of the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 in Las Vegas, Lesnar announced his intent to join K-1's mixed martial arts league, Hero's. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson and Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan.[70] Lesnar announced on August 12 in Las Vegas that he had signed a deal with the K-1 promotion.[71] His first fight was scheduled against Choi Hong-man of South Korea on June 2, 2007 at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA show.[72][73] However, prior to the match, Hong-Man was replaced by Min Soo Kim. Lesnar submitted Soo Kim with strikes in 1:09 of the first round to win his first official MMA match.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011) Edit

Early fights and UFC Heavyweight Champion Edit

During UFC 77 on October 20, it was announced that Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[3] On February 2, 2008, Lesnar made his debut with the promotion in an event titled UFC 81: Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir.[74] Due to his large hands,[75] Lesnar was wearing 4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man in Nevada's combat sports history to wear such gloves after Choi Hong-man.[76] Lesnar secured an early takedown and began landing numerous punches, but was docked a point after a punch hit Mir on the back of the head. Following another takedown by Lesnar, Mir managed to secure a kneebar and forced a submission at 1:30 of the first round and Lesnar lost in his UFC debut.[74] At UFC 82 on March 1, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Mark Coleman was announced to fight Lesnar at UFC 87.[77] However, Coleman withdrew from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Heath Herring.[78] On August 9, Lesnar defeated Herring by unanimous decision.[79]

Lesnar then faced Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91 on November 15.[80] Lesnar beat Couture via a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.[81]

On December 27 at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight Championship and was to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd and shouted, "You've got my belt". Due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match with Lesnar that was originally slated to be the UFC 98 main event was postponed.[82] Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, via technical knockout in the second round. The win earned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honors, with Anderson Silva, from Sherdog for 2009.[83] During his post-match celebration, Lesnar flipped off the crowd who had been booing him. Lesnar also made a disparaging comment about the pay-per-view's primary sponsor Bud Light, claiming they "won't pay me nothin and promoted Coors Light instead. Lesnar later apologized for his remarks at the post-fight press conference, where he held a bottle of Bud Light and endorsed their product.[84]

On July 1 it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104 would face Lesnar, but the match was scrapped and Lesnar was scheduled to defend the title against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21.[85] On October 2 it was announced that Lesnar pulled out of his Carwin bout due to an illness. UFC President Dana White said Lesnar had been ill for three weeks, claiming he had never been this sick in his life and that it would take him a while to recover, therefore his fight with Carwin was rescheduled for UFC 108 on January 2, 2010.[86] Lesnar initially sought treatment in Canada, but later told reporters that he had received "Third World treatment" at a hospital in Brandon, Manitoba and that seeking better treatment in the United States saved his life. Lesnar went on to criticize Canadian health care further and stated that he shared his experience in an effort to speak "on the behalf of the doctors in the United States that don't want health care reform to happen".[87]

On November 4 it was confirmed that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis and that his bout with Carwin would have to wait a bit longer and the fight for Lesnar's heavyweight championship was cancelled.[88] On November 14 at the UFC 105 post-fight conference, Dana White stated, "[Lesnar]'s not well and he's not going to be getting well anytime soon" and that an interim title match might need to be set up.[89] In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that he was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which required surgery.[90] After further diagnosis, Lesnar underwent surgery on November 16 to close a perforation in his intestine that had been leaking fecal matter into his abdomen, causing pain, abscesses and overtaxing his immune system to the point that he contracted mononucleosis. From the level of damage to Lesnar's system, the surgeon estimated that the intestinal condition had been ongoing for around a year.[91]

In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN's SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a return to the UFC in the summer.[92] A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place on March 27 at UFC 111 to determine the Interim Heavyweight Champion and Lesnar's next opponent.[93] Shane Carwin defeated Mir via knockout in the first round, becoming the new Interim Champion. After the fight, Lesnar came into the ring and stated, "It was a good fight but he's wearing a belt that's a make-believe belt. I've got the real championship belt".[94] Lesnar faced Carwin at UFC 116 on July 3 to unify the heavyweight titles.[95] Early in the first round, Carwin knocked Lesnar down with punch, gave him a cut above his left eye and used a ground and pound attack the rest of the round. In the next round, Lesnar was able to take Carwin down, attain a full mount, then move into side-control and finish the fight with an arm triangle choke. With the victory, Lesnar became the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion, earning his first Submission of the Night and giving Carwin his first loss. The win also tied a UFC record for most consecutive successful UFC Heavyweight Championship defenses.

Title loss and retirement Edit

Lesnar's next defense was against undefeated top contender Cain Velasquez on October 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California at UFC 121.[96] Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would bring back UFC Primetime to hype the fight.[97] He was defeated by Velasquez for the title by TKO in the first round.[98]

On January 11, 2011, Lesnar was announced as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite Junior dos Santos,[99] with the two expected to fight on June 11 at UFC 131,[100] but he was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had to withdraw from the fight on May 12.[101] He was replaced by Shane Carwin, who ended up losing against dos Santos.[102] Lesnar underwent surgery on May 27 to help battle his problems with diverticulitis. Dana White said that he had a 12-inch piece of his colon removed.[11]

In its May 2011 issue, ESPN's magazine published a story listing the highest paid athlete based on base salary and earnings for the most recent calendar year or most recent season in 30 sports. Lesnar topped the list for MMA at $5.3 million, which included his reported bout salaries and estimated pay-per-view bonuses.[103]

In the summer of 2011, Lesnar announced that he was returning to action, stating, "I feel like a new man. Healthy. Strong. I feel like I used to feel".[104] His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.[105] Overeem won the fight by way of technical knockout in the first round.[106][107] The result of the fight remains controversial, as Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone prior to his next fight.[108] Lesnar then announced his retirement from MMA, mentioning his struggles with diverticulitis and saying "tonight was the last time you'll see me in the octagon".[106][107]

Speculation about a return to MMA lasted until March 24, 2015, when Lesnar announced in an interview on SportsCenter that he had re-signed with WWE and officially closed the door on a return to MMA, even though he was offered a deal "ten times more" than what he had made previously in his MMA career. He further elaborated that, while he was training for months for a return to the UFC, he felt "physically great but something was lacking mentally".[109][110] Lesnar added that "[he's] an older caveman now, so [he] makes smarter caveman decisions" and that he chose to sign with WWE instead of returning to MMA because he could "work part-time with full-time pay".[111]

Return to the UFC (2016–2017) Edit

Fight against Mark Hunt Edit

Though Lesnar said he was "closing the door on MMA" in March 2015,[112] UFC announced on June 4, 2016 that he would return at UFC 200 on July 9.[113] WWE confirmed it had granted Lesnar "a one-off opportunity" to compete at UFC 200 before he would return to the company for SummerSlam on August 21.[114] Lesnar, representing Canada for the first time in his career, defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, avoiding 19 of Hunt's 30 attempted standing strikes and taking him down four times to land 43 significant ground strikes (32 in the final round). He also was paid a UFC record $2.5 million purse.[115][116][117] This record was broken at UFC 202 by Conor McGregor, who was also the previous holder.[118]

Suspension and second retirement Edit

On July 15, Lesnar was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stemming from an undisclosed banned substance in an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28.[119] On July 19, the UFC announced that a second sample taken in-competition on July 9 tested positive for the same banned substance discovered in the previous out-of-competition sample.[120] On August 23, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) confirmed that Lesnar twice tested positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene and he was suspended.[121]

On December 15, it was confirmed that Lesnar was fined $250,000 and suspended from competition for one year by the NSAC. He would be eligible to return in July 2017. As a result of the suspension, the result of his fight with Mark Hunt was overturned to a no contest.[122]

On February 14, 2017, it was reported that Lesnar had notified UFC he was retiring from MMA for the second time.[123]

Personal life Edit

Lesnar married Rena Greek, better known as Sable, on May 6, 2006.[124] They reside on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan,[125] having previously lived in Maple Plain, Minnesota.[126][127] Together, they have two sons named Turk (born June 3, 2009) and Duke (born July 21, 2010).[128][129] Lesnar also has twins: a daughter named Mya Lynn and a son named Luke (both born April 10, 2002) with his former fiancée, Nicole McClain.[130][131] He is also the stepfather of Greek's daughter with her late husband.[16]

Lesnar is a conservative and a supporter of the Republican Party.[132][133] He is a member of the National Rifle Association, making an appearance at their annual meeting in May 2011 to discuss his passion for hunting and his role as a spokesman for the Fusion Ammunition company.[134][135] He is a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, and all three of his sons play hockey.[136]

During his first run in WWE, Lesnar developed addictions to both alcohol and painkillers, allegedly drinking a bottle of vodka per day and taking hundreds of Vicodin pills per month to manage the pain caused by wear and tear on his body. He named his accident at WrestleMania XIX as a particular source of pain.[16] Lesnar claims that, as a result of his addiction and mental exhaustion, he does not remember "an entire two years" of his WWE career.[137]

Legal issues Edit

In January 2001, Lesnar was arrested by police in Louisville, Kentucky for suspicion of possessing large amounts of anabolic steroids. The charges were dropped when it was discovered that the substances were a legal growth hormone. His lawyer described it as a "vitamin type of thing".[138]

Lesnar had previously signed a non-compete clause in order to be released from his contract with WWE, which prohibited him from working for any other professional wrestling companies before June 2010. However, he decided to challenge this ruling in court.[139] WWE responded with a counterclaim after Lesnar breached the agreement by appearing at a New Japan Pro-Wrestling show in 2004.[140] In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims and entered negotiations to renew their relationship.[141] WWE had offered Lesnar a contract, but on August 2, their official website reported that Lesnar had withdrawn from any involvement with the company.[142] The lawsuit began to enter settlement talks on September 21, but did not get solved.[143][144]

On January 14, 2006, Judge Christopher Droney stated that unless WWE gave him a good argument between then and the 25th, he would rule in favor of Lesnar, giving him a summary judgment. This would have enabled Lesnar to work anywhere immediately.[145] WWE was later granted a deadline postponement.[146] On April 24, WWE announced on WWE.com that both parties had reached a settlement. On June 12, a federal judge dismissed the case at the request of both legal parties.[147]

On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions on a trip to Alberta on November 19, 2010. Two charges were dropped, but Lesnar pleaded guilty to the charge of improper tagging of an animal. He was fined $1,725 and given a six-month hunting suspension.[148]

Other media Edit

Lesnar appears in the video games WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain(as the cover star) Madden NFL 06, Wrestle Kingdom, UFC 2009 Undisputed, UFC Undisputed 2010, EA Sports UFC, WWE '12, WWE '13, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16 and as the cover star of WWE 2K17.[149][150][151][152]

In 2003, WWE Home Video released a DVD chronicling Lesnar's career entitled Brock Lesnar: Here Comes the Pain. It was re-released in 2012 as a three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray collector's edition to tie in with Lesnar's WWE return. It was also expanded to include new matches and interviews. In 2016, a new home video was released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a collector's edition, called Brock Lesnar: Eat. Sleep. Conquer. Repeat. and includes accomplishments from his second run in WWE.[153]

Lesnar was featured on the covers of Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazine in 2004[154][155] and Minneapolis' City Pages in 2008.[156]

In 2009, Lesnar signed an endorsement deal with Dymatize Nutrition. A CD containing footage of Lesnar training was included with Dymatize's "Xpand" product.[157]

In 2011, Lesnar published an autobiography titled Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival. It was co-written with Paul Heyman.

In a 2013 post on his blog, Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama revealed that he drew inspiration from Lesnar for the character of the Armored Titan.[158]

Lesnar has also appeared in multiple comedic Instagram and Vine videos by actor Eric Stonestreet.[159][160]

In wrestling Edit

  • Finishing moves
    • Brock Lock[161] (Over-the-shoulder single leg Boston crab)[162] – 2002–2004[161]
    • F-5[163] (WWE) Verdict[161] (NJPW/IGF) (Fireman's carry facebuster)[9] – 2002–2006; 2012–present[161]
    • Shooting star press[9] – OVW[161]
  • Signature moves
    • Backbreaker[9]
    • Fallaway slam[9]
    • Gorilla press slam[9]
    • Knee lifts to the opponent's midsection[9][164][165]
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly-to-back[166]
      • Fisherman, sometimes while delaying[9]
      • Overhead belly-to-belly, sometimes into or out of the ring[9]
      • Release/Rolling German[164][165][167]
      • Snap[166]
      • Vertical[9]
    • Multiple turnbuckle thrusts[9]
    • Powerslam[166]
    • Rear naked choke[166]
    • Running powerbomb[166]
    • Standing double leg takedown[164] followed by mounted punches[164][165]
    • Triple non-release powerbomb[9]
  • Managers
  • Nicknames
    • "The Next Big Thing"[9]
  • Entrance themes
    • Ultimate Fighting Championship
      • "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
      • "Nickel Size Hail (And the Damaging Winds)" by Sunny Ledfurd[161]
    • World Wrestling Entertainment
      • "Enforcer" by Jim Johnston[168] (April 8, 2002 – June 3, 2002)[161]
      • "Next Big Thing" by Jim Johnston (June 10, 2002 – March 14, 2004)

Championships and accomplishments Edit

Collegiate wrestling Edit

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
    • NCAA Division I All-American (1999, 2000)
    • NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion (2000)
    • Big Ten Conference Champion (1999, 2000)
  • National Junior College Athletic Association
    • NJCAA All-American (1997, 1998)
    • NJCAA Heavyweight Champion (1998)
    • North Dakota State University Bison Tournament Champion (1997–1999)[169]

Mixed martial arts Edit

  • Inside Fights
    • Biggest Draw (2008)[170]
    • Rookie of the Year (2008)[170]
  • Sherdog Awards
    • Beatdown of the Year (2009)[171]
  • Sports Illustrated
    • Top Newcomer of the Year (2008)[172]
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • Submission of the Night (1 time)
    • Tied (Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez and Stipe Miocic) for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses (Two)
  • World MMA Awards
    • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year (2009)[173]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Box Office Draw (2008–2010)[174]
    • MMA Most Valuable Fighter (2008–2010)[174]

Professional wrestling Edit

  • Guinness World Records
    • World record: Youngest person to win the WWE Championship (aged 25 years, 44 days)[175]
  • Inoki Genome Federation
  • New Japan Pro Wrestling
  • Ohio Valley Wrestling
    • OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Shelton Benjamin[25]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle[176]
    • Feud of the Year (2015) vs. The Undertaker
    • Match of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle in an Iron Man match on SmackDown! on September 16[177]
    • Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2002)[178]
    • Wrestler of the Year (2002, 2014)[179][180]
    • Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2003[181]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
    • Best Brawler (2003)[182]
    • Best Wrestling Maneuver (2002) F-5
    • Feud of the Year (2003) vs. Kurt Angle[183]
    • Most Improved Wrestler (2002, 2003)[184]
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2015)[185]
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
    • WWE Championship2 (3 times)[186]
    • King of the Ring (2002)[5]
    • Royal Rumble (2003)[6]

1 ^ Lesnar's IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign at IGF is considered a continuation of his reign from NJPW.

2 ^ When Lesnar first won the title, it was known as the WWE Undisputed Championship. His next two reigns were as WWE Champion, while his fourth was as WWE World Heavyweight Champion but in this wikia his fourth reign is not reconized due to his puroresu carrer.

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