Brock Lesnar
Professional wrestler
Brock Lesnar
Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler, actor, former mixed martial artist, professional football player and amateur wrestler, signed with WWE. He is also a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and former #1 ranked mixed martial arts Heavyweight by Sherdog; he was ranked #5 before he announced his retirement at the end of 2011.
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Currently suspended, Brock Lesnar tells UFC he's retiring from fighting
ABC News - 4 days
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who is currently suspended from competition, has informed the promotion his professional fighting career is over. UFC officials confirmed the news to on Tuesday, following an initial report by The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also confirmed it was aware of Lesnar's retirement. Due to the retirement, Lesnar is no longer included in USADA's testing pool, under the UFC's anti-doping program. Last month, Lesnar, 39, was handed a one-year suspension from USADA due to a pair of failed drug tests in 2016. The Nevada State Athletic Commission also suspended Lesnar for one year. The suspensions do not affect his professional wrestling career in WWE. Lesnar would have been eligible to return to active competition in July, but his USADA suspension freezes with this announcement. Should Lesnar (5-3) opt to resume his UFC career at any point, he would be...
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Novitzky says UFC anti-doping program tough but effective
Yahoo News - 9 days
By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Ultimate Fighting Championship's 18-month-old anti-doping program may be making waves but its designer Jeff Novitzky, who came to prominence chasing high-profile drug cheats like cyclist Lance Armstrong and sprinter Marion Jones, says it is definitely helping clean up the sport. The UFC will host its first title fight of 2017 at UFC 208 in Denver on Saturday, with former bantamweight champ Holly Holm meeting Germaine de Randamie to decide who becomes the organization's first women's featherweight champion. Justino joins a growing list of big-name fighters like Jon "Bones" Jones and Brock Lesnar - both former title-holders - who have fallen foul of Novitzky's new program, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
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WWE Royal Rumble Match Should Set Up Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar At FastLane PPV
Forbes - about 1 month
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar seems to be a lock for WrestleMania, but WWE may not be able to wait that long. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks down why WWE may have to move its biggest rematch to the struggling FastLane pay-per-view.
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Lesnar receives one-year ban for doping violation - about 2 months
(Reuters) - Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been suspended for one year for a doping violation, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on Wednesday.
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WWE's Top 5 Biggest Moments Of 2016 Featuring Goldberg, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, And More
Forbes - about 2 months
What were WWE's biggest moments of the year? From AJ Styles shocking the world in the Royal Rumble to a record-breaking WrestleMania, WWE had no shortage of major stories in 2016. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks down the best of the best from 2016.
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Nevada State Athletic Commission suspends Brock Lesnar for one year
ABC News - 2 months
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Brock Lesnar one year for failing multiple drug tests around his mixed martial arts fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9. Lesnar (5-3), who did not appear before the commission, was also fined $250,000 of his disclosed $2.5 million purse. The sanctions were part of a signed settlement between Lesnar and the NSAC executive director. The NSAC voted unanimously in favor of the settlement on Thursday. A professional wrestling star and former UFC champion, Lesnar fought in the Octagon for the first time since 2011 at UFC 200, defeating Hunt via unanimous decision. After the bout, it was revealed that he tested positive for the anti-estrogen drug clomiphene, a banned substance, in a prefight test taken June 28. He tested positive for the same substance in his fight-night test. Lesnar was not pulled from the event because the results of his prefight test were not...
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Brock Lesnar's win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 declared no-contest after positive drug test
LATimes - 2 months
UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar had his UFC 200 victory over Mark Hunt changed to a no-contest, and the popular pro wrestler was also hit with a $250,000 fine Thursday after he failed drug tests for banned substances. The Nevada State Athletic Commission slapped Lesnar with the penalty, adding a one-year...
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WWE Survivor Series Buy Or Sell: Goldberg Squashes Brock Lesnar, Raw Vs. SmackDown And More
Forbes - 3 months
WWE Survivor Series was a series of redundant matches that did not stray from a familiar template. House Money Studio's Alfred Konuwa buys and sells the event's top moments.
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Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar: Is WWE Survivor Series Outshining Hell In A Cell?
Forbes - 4 months
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar is official for Survivor Series. With several other matches already taking form for the November classic, is Survivor Series already outshining Hell in a Cell?
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Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar: Why WWE Should Consider Turning Goldberg Heel For Potential Dream Match
Forbes - 4 months
With rumors that Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar will happen at Survivor Series in Canada, WWE may want to rethink its strategy in booking this match.
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Goldberg Addresses Rumors Of WWE Return, Match With Brock Lesnar, During ESPN Interview
Forbes - 5 months
Former WCW and WWE world champion Bill Goldberg made it official Wednesday during an ESPN interview with Jonathan Coachman: He's back. So who's next?
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Goldberg Vs. Brock Lesnar At WrestleMania 33 Is Crucial For WWE's New Era
Forbes - 5 months
Bill Goldberg and Brock Lesnar appear destined for a high-profile match at WrestleMania 33. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks down why Goldberg vs. Lesnar is exactly what the New Era needs.
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Brock Lesnar Vs. Randy Orton Summerslam Bloodbath Undermines WWE's Concussion Efforts
Forbes - 6 months
Brock Lesnar's bloody main event against Randy Orton at WWE SummerSlam has been the subject of much controversy. House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa breaks down how the bout's finish, while spectacular, undermines WWE's concussion efforts. Is it time to bring "blading" back to WWE?
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Major Praise For WWE RAW Star, Backstage News On The Brock Lesnar Vs. Randy Orton SummerSlam Finish - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - 6 months
CBS Local Major Praise For WWE RAW Star, Backstage News On The Brock Lesnar Vs. Randy Orton SummerSlam Finish Wrestling Inc. ... - This may come as no surprise but there continues to be big backstage praise on Big Cass. Many within WWE remain very high on Cass and see money when they look at him. More Brock Lesnar - Chris Jericho Details, Lesnar Using Words That Could Get ... Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar facing potential shorter suspensions from USADAMMA Fighting Report: Jon Jones And Brock Lesnar Facing Shorter USADA Report: Jon Jones, Lesnar Facing Maximum Of One-Year Suspension For Positive TestsMMA News Bloody Elbow all 135 news articles »
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John Cena, Brock Lesnar and What to Expect at SummerSlam
ABC News - 6 months
An in-depth look at the big wrestling event tonight in New York City.
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What to watch for at SummerSlam
ABC News - 6 months
As fully loaded as Sunday's SummerSlam card is on paper, it's difficult to pinpoint one matchup that stands out above the rest as the no-brainer to headline. In this case, that's a good problem for the WWE to have, considering just how deep the roster has become one month after a brand extension and draft divided it in half. The result has been a number of intriguing storylines set to culminate inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, which will host the 29th edition of WWE's second-biggest pay-per-view. While a showdown between veterans ? Brock Lesnar? and ? Randy Orton? has the most star power of any match scheduled for Sunday night, and is being pushed most prominently across both Raw and SmackDown Live, the ? rest ? of the card offers plenty of bouts that are more important to the company's immediate future after the kickoff of its so-called "new era." Let's take a look at what's at stake in each match. . ...
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SummerSlam by the numbers: A match-by-match preview
ABC News - 6 months
The 29th annual WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view takes place on Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Since the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988, the event has been held in 13 different states, as well as one event each in England (1992) and Canada (2004). This is the second straight year that SummerSlam has taken place in Brooklyn (with at least one more year in Brooklyn guaranteed); the Staples Center in Los Angeles hosted the event from 2009 through 2014. Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton Despite both superstars debuting on the WWE main roster in 2002,? Brock Lesnar?and? Randy Orton?have never faced off at a WWE pay-per-view event. SummerSlam was an important event for both early on in their careers; Lesnar defeated? The Rock?for his first WWE. Championship at SummerSlam in 2002, becoming?the youngest world champion in WWE history (25). Two years later at SummerSlam in 2004, Orton broke Lesnar's record,. ...
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Lesnar's in-competition sample also tested positive, says UFC - 7 months
(Reuters) - Brock Lesnar has tested positive for an unnamed substance in an in-competition sample taken on the night of his UFC 200 heavyweight victory over Mark Hunt on July 9, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has said.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brock Lesnar
  • 2016
    Age 38
    On September 24, 2016, at a house show in Chicago, Illinois, Lesnar defeated Orton in a no disqualification rematch.
    More Details Hide Details After his match at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar sidelined his career in WWE to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL) despite not playing American football since high school. The WWE issued this statement on their official website,, following his departure: Lesnar later told a Minnesota radio show that he had "three wonderful years" in WWE, but had grown unhappy and always wanted to play pro football, adding that he did not want to be 40 years old and wondering if he could have "made it" in football. In an interview about the NFL, he stated: Lesnar had a great showing at the NFL Combine. On April 17, 2004, a minivan collided with his motorbike; he suffered a broken jaw and left hand, a bruised pelvis, and a pulled groin. Several NFL teams expressed interest in watching Lesnar work out. The Minnesota Vikings worked out Lesnar on June 11, 2004 but he was hampered by the groin injury suffered in the April motorcycle accident. On July 24 it was reported that he was nearly recovered from his groin injury. He signed with the Vikings on July 27 and played in several preseason games for the team. He was released by the Vikings on August 30, 2004. Lesnar received an invitation to play as a representative for the Vikings in NFL Europa but declined due to his desire to stay in the United States with his family.
    On July 19, at the 2016 WWE Draft, Lesnar was the No. 5 draft pick for Raw; reports claim that he would have been No. 1 had he not failed his UFC drug tests.
    More Details Hide Details Orton was drafted to SmackDown, thus making their match an interbrand match. WWE billed their face-off as a match fifteen years in the making. Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) made his return to Raw on August 1, his first appearance on WWE programming since WrestleMania 32. During his segment, Randy Orton appeared and delivered an RKO to Lesnar. Lesnar then attacked Orton during his match the following night on SmackDown Live, delivering an F-5 to Orton. At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Orton by technical knockout after a series of elbows, leaving Orton with a forehead wound which required 10 staples. Much to Shane McMahon's dismay, Lesnar would later deliver an F-5 to Shane. The end made many people believe Lesnar had gone off script due to the severity of Orton's head wound. Lesnar was later storyline fined $500 for delivering an F-5 to SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and his assault on Orton.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    Though Lesnar said he was "closing the door on MMA" in March 2015, UFC announced on June 4, 2016, that he would return at UFC 200 on July 9.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Lesnar, representing Canada for the first time in his career, defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision (29-27), 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. This record was broken by Conor McGregor, the previous holder, at UFC 202. 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. Shortly after this was announced, WWE said Lesnar's match with Randy Orton at SummerSlam would still take place. Hunt told UFC to either pay him half of Lesnar's purse or let him out of his contract. He later changed his mind on Twitter, and asked for the whole purse. UFC has not yet publicly responded to Hunt. Lesnar told the Associated Press, "We will get to the bottom of this." 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. On August 23, the Nevada Athletic Commission confirmed that Lesnar twice tested positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene, and that he has been temporarily suspended.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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". 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".
    In 2015, an article referred to Lesnar as "the most accomplished athlete in pro wrestling history".
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    On the July 21, 2014 episode of Raw, Triple H announced that Lesnar would face John Cena at SummerSlam for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details At SummerSlam, Lesnar defeated Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and during the match he delivered sixteen suplexes (most of which were German suplexes) and two F-5s to Cena, who barely managed any offense. On the August 19 episode of Main Event, Triple H announced that Cena was invoking his championship rematch clause against Lesnar at Night of Champions, where Lesnar was disqualified due to Seth Rollins interfering, but retained his championship, which could not be lost via disqualification. Later in the year, after Rollins reunited with The Authority, he was added to Lesnar and Cena's championship match at Royal Rumble, making it a triple threat match, which Lesnar won despite suffering a storyline broken rib during the match. Lesnar's next challenger was Roman Reigns, who won the Royal Rumble match to earn the right to face Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania 31. During his main-event match against Reigns, Lesnar delivered multiple suplexes and was heard exclaiming, "Suplex City, bitch!", and thereafter "Suplex City" became one of his signature catchphrases and merchandise motifs. After Lesnar and Reigns traded a few false finishes, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract while the match was in progress, making it a triple threat; Rollins then pinned Reigns to win the title. The following night on Raw, Lesnar tried to invoke his rematch clause and subsequently attacked commentators Booker T, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, and Michael Cole, as well as a cameraman after Rollins refused the rematch, which led to Stephanie McMahon suspending Lesnar indefinitely in storyline.
    On the February 24, 2014 episode of Raw, after Heyman stated that Lesnar had requested a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, instead receiving an open contract to face anyone else of his choosing, The Undertaker then returned and chokeslammed Lesnar through a table, setting up their match at WrestleMania.
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar defeated Undertaker after executing three F-5s, ending his undefeated WrestleMania streak at 21, a feat that was described by Sports Illustrated as being "the most shocking result since the Montreal Screwjob".
  • 2013
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar has also appeared in multiple comedic Instagram and Vine videos by actor Eric Stonestreet.
    Lesnar returned on the January 28, 2013 episode of Raw, confronting Vince McMahon who was about to fire Heyman, and Despite Heyman's pleas, Lesnar hit McMahon with an F-5, breaking McMahon's pelvis in storyline.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, during The Miz's MizTV talk show, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed herself as the one who signed Lesnar to a new contract to impress McMahon. On the February 25 episode of Raw, Lesnar once again attempted to attack McMahon, only to get into a brawl with the returning Triple H, which resulted in Lesnar legitimately having his head split open and requiring eighteen stitches. The following week, Triple H issued a challenge to Lesnar, requesting a rematch with him at WrestleMania 29, which Lesnar accepted but only after Triple signed a contract and Lesnar named the stipulation. The following week, after Triple H signed the contract and assaulted Heyman, the stipulation was revealed as No Holds Barred with Triple H's career on the line. Lesnar ended up losing the match after Triple H hit him with a Pedigree onto the steel steps. On the April 15 episode of Raw, Lesnar attacked 3MB (Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, and Jinder Mahal) before Heyman challenged Triple H to face Lesnar in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules, which Triple H accepted the following week. On May 19 at the pay-per-view, after interference from Heyman, he defeated Triple H and ended their feud. Lesnar returned on the June 17 episode of Raw, attacking Heyman's fellow client CM Punk with an F-5. Despite the accusations from Punk, Heyman claimed that he was not behind Lesnar's attack on him.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    In 2011, Lesnar published an autobiography titled Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival (ISBN 978-0062023117).
    More Details Hide Details It was co-written with Paul Heyman.
    On December 15, 2011, Lesnar was charged with hunting infractions on a trip to Alberta on November 19, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Lesnar appears in the video games WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, 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. 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. Lesnar was featured on the covers of Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazine in 2004, and Minneapolis' City Pages in 2008.
    Lesnar is a conservative and a supporter of the Republican Party. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, and made an appearance at their annual meeting in May 2011 to discuss his passion for hunting and his role as a spokesman for Fusion Ammunition.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Lesnar claims that, as a result of his addiction and mental exhaustion, he does not remember "an entire two years" of his WWE career. 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".
    In the summer of 2011, Lesnar announced that he was returning to action, stating, "I feel like a new man.
    More Details Hide Details Healthy. Strong. I feel like I used to feel". His return match was scheduled to be at UFC 141 on December 30 in Las Vegas against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. Overeem won the fight by way of technical knockout in the first round. The result of the fight remains controversial, as Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone prior to his next fight. 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".
    On January 11, 2011, Lesnar was announced as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite Junior dos Santos, with the two expected to fight on June 11 at UFC 131, however, he was struck with another bout of diverticulitis and had to withdraw from the fight on May 12.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Shane Carwin, who ended up losing against dos Santos. 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. In its May 2011 issue, ESPN 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.
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN's SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a return to the UFC in the summer.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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". Lesnar faced Carwin at UFC 116 to unify the heavyweight titles. 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 Heavyweight Championship defenses.
    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; his fight with Carwin was rescheduled for UFC 108 on January 2, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details 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 U.S. 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". 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. 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. In addition to mononucleosis, it was revealed that he was suffering from a serious case of diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder, which required surgery. 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.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    On October 26, 2009, it was announced that Lesnar pulled out of his Carwin bout due to an illness.
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    On July 1, 2009, 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 his belt against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21.
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    The win earned Lesnar Beatdown of the Year honors, with Anderson Silva, from Sherdog for 2009.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Lesnar won the postponed rematch with Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009, via technical knockout in the second round.
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  • 2008
    Age 30
    On December 27, 2008, 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In November 2008, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Lesnar then lost the championship to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. In 2011, he was once again sidelined due to diverticulitis and underwent surgery. Lesnar returned at UFC 141 in December, losing to Alistair Overeem and promptly retiring from MMA. Lesnar was a box office sensation in UFC. He took part in a few of the best selling pay-per-views in UFC history, including UFC 100 and UFC 200. In April 2012, Lesnar once again returned to professional wrestling, rejoining WWE after an eight-year hiatus. Two years later, at WrestleMania XXX, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker to end his undefeated streak at the premier annual event. Lesnar has been managed by Paul Heyman throughout the majority of his professional wrestling career. He has headlined numerous pay-per-view events for both the WWE and UFC, including WrestleMania XIX, WrestleMania 31, UFC 100, and UFC 116.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Due to his large hands, 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. 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 force a submission at 1:30 of the first round and Lesnar lost in his UFC debut. At UFC 82, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Hall of Famer Mark Coleman was announced to fight Lesnar at UFC 87. However, Coleman withdrew from the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Heath Herring. Lesnar defeated Herring by unanimous decision. Lesnar would then face Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91 on November 15. Lesnar would beat Couture via a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
  • 2007
    Age 29
    His first fight was scheduled against Choi Hong-man of South Korea on June 2, 2007, at the K-1 Dynamite!!
    More Details Hide Details USA show. 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. During UFC 77, it was announced that Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
    Approximately one year later on June 29, 2007, Lesnar defended his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle in a champion versus champion match.
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    Lesnar continued to possess the physical IWGP Championship belt until late June 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 28
    On July 15, 2006, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Lesnar would not return to defend the IWGP Heavyweight Championship due to "visa issues" and had been stripped of the title.
    More Details Hide Details A tournament was held on July 16 to determine the new champion which was won by Hiroshi Tanahashi.
    Lesnar married Rena Greek, better known as Sable, on May 6, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They reside on a farm in Maryfield, Saskatchewan, having previously lived in Maple Plain, Minnesota. They have two sons: Turk (born June 3, 2009) and Duke (born July 21, 2010). Lesnar also has twins with his former fiancée, Nicole McClain, the first being a son named Brock Jr. and the second a daughter named Mya Lynn (born April 10, 2002). Mya is 10 minutes older than Brock Jr. Lesnar is also the stepfather of Mariah, Greek's daughter with her late husband.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson and Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan. Lesnar announced on August 12 in Las Vegas that he had signed a deal with the K-1 promotion.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This would have enabled Lesnar to work anywhere, immediately. WWE was later granted a deadline postponement. On April 24, WWE announced on that both parties had reached a settlement. On June 12, a federal judge dismissed the case at the request of both legal parties. Lesnar returned to the WWE on April 2, 2012, on Raw, as a heel by confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. The following week on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring "legitimacy" back to the WWE and become the "new face of the WWE". Laurinaitis also announced that Lesnar would face Cena at Extreme Rules with the Extreme Rules stipulation later added to the match. Lesnar was dominant throughout the match until Cena punched Lesnar in the face with a steel chain wrapped around his fist. Cena then delivered the Attitude Adjustment to Lesnar onto steel steps and Lesnar lost the match.
    Lesnar had another successful title defense against Giant Bernard on May 3, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first American vs. American title match in NJPW since Vader vs. Stan Hansen in 1990.
    Lesnar successfully defended his championship on January 4, 2006, against former champion Shinsuke Nakamura.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2005
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar is one of the few American wrestlers to have held this title. 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. After the match, Lesnar stated that this name was referring to his lawsuit against WWE. On December 6, WWE filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Lesnar from continuing to work with NJPW, but the court did not grant it. Following that, he had two non-title victories against Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata.
    In July 2005, the two sides dropped their claims and entered negotiations to renew their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details WWE had offered Lesnar a contract, but on August 2, 2005, WWE's official website reported that Lesnar had withdrawn from any involvement with the company. The lawsuit began to enter settlement talks on September 21, but did not get solved.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After a contractual dispute with NJPW, he also wrestled as IWGP Heavyweight Champion in the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF). In 2006, Lesnar pursued a career in mixed martial arts. He signed with Hero's and won his first fight, against Min-Soo Kim, in June 2007. 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.
  • 2004
    Age 26
    At the Royal Rumble in 2004, Lesnar defeated Holly to retain the WWE Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the Royal Rumble match, Lesnar attacked Goldberg and delivered an F-5, enabling Kurt Angle to eliminate him. In February, Lesnar faced Eddie Guerrero for the WWE title at No Way Out. Late in the match, Goldberg delivered a spear to Lesnar while the ref was unconscious. Afterwards, Guerrero went to pin Lesnar but Lesnar kicked out at two. Lesnar then attempted to F-5 Guerrero but Guerrero reversed it into a DDT. Guerrero then hit a frog splash; pinning Lesnar 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. 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. After Lesnar attacked Austin on Raw and stole his four-wheeler, Austin was inserted as the special guest referee for the WrestleMania match. 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). As a result, Lesnar's match with Goldberg became a fiasco as the fans at Madison Square Garden jeered and heckled both wrestlers vociferously.
    He became the top wrestler of the company and was on the peak of his career until his career began to decline after losing the WWE Championship to Eddie Guerrero in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Following his match with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, Lesnar left the WWE and pursued a career in the National Football League (NFL). He was named a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings but was cut prior to the start of the 2004–05 season.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    On the September 18, 2003 episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar received his third shot at Angle in as many months when he faced the champion in a sixty-minute Iron Man match for the title.
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar won the match and his third WWE Championship by a final count of five to four. Lesnar successfully defended his newly won title against the debuting Paul London on October 9 edition of SmackDown! He returned to feuding with The Undertaker. Lesnar had previously cost Undertaker the title in a match against then-champion Kurt Angle, which granted him a shot at Lesnar's title. At No Mercy, Lesnar defeated Undertaker in a Biker Chain match. The rivalry then came to an end after The Undertaker chose to focus on Mr. McMahon. After Paul Heyman returned to WWE as general manager of SmackDown!, 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 injured Holly the year before and he hadn't wrestled since.
    After WrestleMania, Lesnar turned his attention to John Cena, who had returned from injury in February 2003 and who had been F-5'd into a ringpost in the same manner Angle had been.
    More Details Hide Details Cena claimed Lesnar nearly ended his career and even named his new finishing move the "F.U." as a jab at the new champion. The feud ended in a match at Backlash when Lesnar defeated Cena. On the following episode of SmackDown!, Lesnar returned to his rivalry with Big Show after 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 Big Show took Mysterio off the stretcher and swung the back board into the ringpost, compounding the injury. Lesnar called out the Big Show, who demanded that Lesnar put his title on the line against him. This led to a stretcher match at Judgment Day for the title. Lesnar successfully retained his title with help from Rey Mysterio and a forklift. During the scripted rivalry, on SmackDown, Lesnar lifted Big Show off the top-rope in a superplex which caused the ring to collapse on impact.
    With Angle temporarily put out of action, Lesnar's rivalry with Heyman and the 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.
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar would defeat Big Show and entered the Royal Rumble as the #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. After the Royal Rumble, Lesnar and Chris Benoit faced off against Angle, Haas, and Benjamin at No Way Out the following month and Lesnar's team won the match. During the match at WrestleMania, Lesnar botched a shooting star press, a move he'd 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. Lesnar would defeat Angle, after delivering an F-5, to win his second WWE Championship. Lesnar was diagnosed with a legitimate concussion from the botched shooting star press.
  • 2002
    Age 24
    Lesnar's rapid rise to the top of WWE in 2002 led to a feud with The Undertaker, which involved a match at Unforgiven.
    More Details Hide Details The match ended in a double disqualification resulting in Lesnar retaining 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. 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. In a match that saw both wrestlers and even Heyman covered in blood, it ended when Lesnar reversed an attempted Tombstone Piledriver into his finishing F-5 maneuver for the win. Six days after his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker, Lesnar successfully retained his WWE title in a handicap match with Heyman at the Rebellion pay-per-view against Edge. Lesnar's next opponent was Big Show. Heyman was convinced more than anyone that Lesnar could not win, trying to talk him out of defending the title. Lesnar refused and faced Big Show in Madison Square Garden at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Towards the end of the match, Lesnar delivered an F-5 to Big Show, but when he went for the pin, Heyman pulled the referee out of the ring. This allowed Big Show to capitalize and proceeded to chokeslam Lesnar on a steel chair. Show went on to pin Lesnar and win the title. This loss was Lesnar's first pinfall loss in WWE and led Lesnar to turn into a fan favorite.
    After a quick feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan in August 2002, Lesnar defeated WWE Undisputed Champion, The Rock at SummerSlam to become the WWE Undisputed Champion and youngest WWE Champion at age 25, a record previously held by The Rock.
    More Details Hide Details He also became the second fastest wrestler to win the WWE Championship since his debut (126 days) behind only Ric Flair (113 days). At the time, the Undisputed WWE Championship was being defended on both brands, so Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff expected Lesnar to return to Raw the following night. However, SmackDown! General Manager Stephanie McMahon announced that Lesnar was only required to defend the title on SmackDown!, forcing Bischoff to institute a new championship for Raw (the World Heavyweight Championship). The WWE Undisputed Championship was then renamed the WWE Championship.
    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, earning him a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam.
    More Details Hide Details On July 22, Lesnar joined the SmackDown! brand.
    Lesnar debuted on WWF television on the March 18, 2002, episode of Raw, coming through the crowd and attacking Al Snow, Maven and Spike Dudley during their match.
    More Details Hide Details He was accompanied by Paul Heyman, who was seen giving instructions to Lesnar. When the brand extension was introduced in the WWF, Lesnar was drafted to the Raw brand. Later, Heyman was confirmed to be Lesnar's agent and gave Lesnar the nickname "The Next Big Thing". Lesnar's first feud was with the Hardy Boyz. Lesnar and Jeff Hardy squared off at Backlash in Lesnar's first official televised match. He won the match by knockout after Hardy was unable to respond to referee Theodore Long. The next night on Raw, Lesnar faced off against Jeff Hardy's brother, Matt Hardy, and defeated him in the same fashion. Lesnar teamed with Shawn Stasiak at Insurrextion and lost to the Hardyz after Stasiak was pinned. He attacked all the participants after the match.
    After debuting on WWE's main roster in 2002, he won the WWE Championship on three separate occasions with victories over The Rock and Kurt Angle (twice).
    More Details Hide Details Lesnar won his first 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.
  • 2001
    Age 23
    Lesnar wrestled several dark matches in 2001 and 2002 before being called up to the main roster.
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  • 2000
    Age 22
    In 2000, Lesnar signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
    More Details Hide Details He was sent to its developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. There, Lesnar first met future friend and manager Paul Heyman. He formed a tag team known as "The Minnesota Stretching Crew" with his former college roommate, Shelton Benjamin. Lesnar and Benjamin won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions.
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1977
    Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota, on July 12, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He was raised on a Webster dairy farm owned by his parents, Stephanie and Richard Lesnar. He is of German descent. He has two older brothers named Troy and Chad, and a younger sister named Brandi. At age 17, he joined the 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. He lost this job after failing a computer typing test, and later worked for a construction company. Lesnar attended Webster High School, where he played football and competed in amateur wrestling, placing third in the state championships his senior year. He then attended Bismarck State College, where he won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) heavyweight wrestling championship in his sophomore year. He transferred to the University of Minnesota on a wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior college years. There, he was roommates with future WWE colleague Shelton Benjamin, who was also his assistant coach.
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