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Biography and Profile of Brock Lesnar

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Biography and Profile of Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar pounds away at Frank Mir at UFC 100.

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Brock Lesnar Biography Introduction:

Big is one thing. Anyone that has watched an MMA fight before has seen big people going at it in the cage. But Brock Lesnar isn't just big; he's huge, and has the kind of athleticism you simply can't teach. But what allows him to be great are the things he possesses that you can't teach (athleticism/size) combined with the things you can (wrestling/skill). Someone with his size and skills should not have two collegiate national wrestling titles. It's simply unfair.

In fact, that's probably the word that comes to his opponents' minds quite often- unfair.

Date of Birth:

Lesnar was born on July 12, 1977 in Webster, South Dakota

Training Camp and Fighting Organization:

Lesnar trains out of Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. He fights for the UFC.

Martial Arts Background:

Lesnar posted an impressive 33-0 wrestling record during his senior year at Webster High School before attending Bismarck State College (Bismarck, North Dakota) and later the University of Minnesota. During his collegiate wrestling career, he managed to win the 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight and 2000 NCAA Heavyweight Championships. Further, Lesnar was both a two-time NJCAA and NCAA All American, and placed second at the NCAA's in 1999. All told, he posted an astounding 106-5 overall wrestling record over four years in college.

Professional Wrestling Background:

In 2000, Lesnar signed on with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). After working his way up in Ohio Valley Wrestling, he debuted on WWF television on March 18, 2002. Later, at the age of 25, he defeated The Rock to become the youngest WWE Champion ever. He engaged in his final WWE match at WrestleMania XX, leaving in order to pursue an NFL career in 2004, though he did wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling afterwards.

NFL Attempt:

Lesnar tried out for the Minnesota Vikings in 2004 and impressed then head coach Mike Tice and the gang as a defensive lineman. That said, he hadn't played football in nine years and was nursing a groin injury from an earlier motorcycle accident, both of which ended up getting him cut late in the process.

Then Came MMA:

Lesnar trained for approximately one year in MMA before making his debut on June 2, 2007 at K-1 HERO's- Dynamite!! USA against Min Soo Kim. Though he had been slated to take on Hong Man Choi, Choi was not granted a license to fight leaving Kim the replacement. Lesnar made quick work of his first opponent, taking him down and then smothering him with strikes until Kim gave up at 1:09 of the initial round.

Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir and the UFC Heavyweight Championship:

Lesnar took on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir in only his second MMA fight. Seems like an impossible situation, right?

Yes and no.

Lesnar had no trouble taking Mir down repeatedly and pounding away at him with ferocity. Unfortunately for him, he left his leg open amidst the pounding, allowing the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert time to secure a first round kneebar victory. At UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, Lesnar would gain revenge on Mir by taking him down and pounding his way to a decisive second round TKO victory. The win left Lesnar the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Fighting Style:

Lesnar is huge (cuts weight to make the 265 pound heavyweight class), powerful, and athletic. In other words, he's a physical nightmare for would-be opponents. Further, he's proven to have surprisingly good stand up skills with ridiculous power. But his bread and butter is ground and pound due to his strong wrestling background.

Personal Life:

Lesnar is married to Renal "Sable" Mero, a former professional wrestler. He has one step daughter with Mero (Mariah), and a daughter with his former fiance, Nicole (Mya Lynn). In addition, he and Mero had a son named Turk together in June of 2009.

Lesnar has multiple tattoos, the most obvious of which are a stylized skull on his back and an immense sword on his chest.

Stellar MMA Victories:

Lesnar hasn't exactly been in the MMA game for a very long time. That said, he's done some pretty remarkable things in a limited amount of time. Here are some of them.

  • Brock Lesnar defeats Heath Herring by unanimous decision at UFC 87: People were still wondering if Lesnar had the skills to pay the bills when he took on Herring after losing to Frank Mir at UFC 81. Lesnar completely dominated Herring both on his feet and on the ground in this one, leading to a deserved unanimous decision victory.
  • Brock Lesnar defeats Randy Couture by 2nd round TKO at UFC 91: Defeating an MMA legend is one thing. But stopping one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time in only your fourth professional fight, size advantage or not, is amazing. And remember, Lesnar won this fight with a couple of big punches on his feet, not via his wrestling.
  • Brock Lesnar defeats Frank Mir by 2nd round TKO at UFC 100: Lesnar took Mir down in this revenge match easily on multiple occasions. While on the canvas, he held Mir's head in his left hand and pounded him out with his right hand in the second round.
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