Brock Lesnar: Believe It Or Not A Success In The World Of MMA
“The anomaly has returned to Monday Night Raw,” these were the words used by WWE play-by-play man Michael Cole as the former UFC & WWE champion Brock Lesnar made his return to the WWE after rumors of his return had been circulating throughout the internet. It was later announced by many pro wrestling websites that Lesnar had signed a 1-year deal with the WWE.
As most fans know Lesnar retired from the UFC following a loss to former strikeforce heavyweight champion Allistair Overeem at UFC 141, a fight that was seen as battle of two behemoths as the hype video for the PPV listed both fighter’s height and weight.
During the fight Overeem constantly targeted the midsection of Lesnar, who just seven months earlier had 12-inches of his colon removed after it was revealed seven months earlier that he had once again been struck with diverticulitis, a disease that almost killed the former NCAA Heavyweight Champion in late 2009. Eventually the attacks took their toll, as Overeem would land a kick to the body that dropped Lesnar and allowed him to finish the fight via TKO in the first round.
Many say Lesnar didn’t belong in the UFC but apparently these many didn’t pay very much attention his career. Was it short, yes. Was it successful, yes.
Brock Lesnar fought in just eight career MMA fights, seven of which took place in the UFC, the top mixed-martial arts organization in the world, home to the best fighters in the world.
During his career Lesnar captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship in just his third fight against UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and defended it on two separate occasions against Frank Mir, who had beaten Lesnar in just his second career fight, and Shane Carwin, who at the time was undefeated.
Following his UFC 121 loss to Velasquez, there were many critics of Lesnar saying that he couldn’t take a punch and that he wasn’t fully committed to Mixed Martial Arts. Lesnar has said that he wasn’t able to train at 100% due to complications from diverticulitis, a disease that kept him out of action for almost a year as well as almost taking his life.
Many athletes, not just fighters play or fight for years without ever winning a championship, but Brock Lesnar did that in just three fights. So why do people constantly criticize Lesnar?
Brock Lesnar was a polarizing figure in the world of sports. He was the WWE’s youngest champion and even attempted to make the Minnesota Vikings, following his very ugly departure from the WWE.
Lesnar’s criticism may not have only been based on his in-fight performance but also from his post-fight performance.
After his win at UFC 100 Lesnar flipped the crowd off while talking trash about UFC sponsor Bud Light and saying he would be drinking a coors light, as well as talking about “getting on top of his wife,” during the post-fight press conference he would apologize for these actions.
Although this drew ciritcism it also made him the UFC’s biggest PPV draw.
Lesnar’s UFC 116 title defense against the then undefeated Shane Carwin was billed as the biggest heavyweight fight of all time and was even voted Best Major Show in the 2010 Wrestling National Observer. Lesnar was the UFC’s must see attraction. Lesnar would survive an early first round barrage of punches by Carwin to win via Arm-Triangle in the second round and earn him submission of the night honors. During the post fight press conference Lesnar was asked to describe the first round to which he quickly replied, “Hurricane Katrina,” drawing a laugh from those in attendance.
For those who think Lesnar didn’t belong among the best heavyweights need to check their facts.
Lesnar’s two title defenses are tied for the most in the UFC with Tim Sylvia and Randy Couture and anytime your name is alongside Randy Couture in the world of MMA, you’ve apparently done something right. Lesnar also held the belt for over 700 days while some of that was during his illness that’s not a bad number.
While Lesnar’s MMA career is over he left a legacy by not only becoming a champion of the sport but by drawing professional wrestling fans into the world Mixed Martial Arts.