Over the last 20 years, I‘ve been fascinated by the incredible career of Brock Lesnar. As a longtime fan, I‘ve compiled some key details and insights into this iconic athlete who has dominated professional wrestling and MMA.
|Full Name||Brock Edward Lesnar|
|Birthday||July 12, 1977 (age 45)|
|Birthplace||Webster, South Dakota, United States|
|Residence||Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Nationality||American / Canadian|
|Height||6 ft 3 in|
|Net Worth||$28 million (estimated)|
|Spouse||Rena "Sable" Lesnar (m. 2006)|
|Children||3 (Mya, Luke, Duke)|
|College||University of Minnesota|
Early Life and Amateur Wrestling Career
Brock grew up on his parents‘ dairy farm in South Dakota. He honed his powerful physique by doing hard manual labor during his childhood.
In high school, Brock competed in amateur wrestling and compiled a record of 33-0 as a senior. He won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) heavyweight wrestling championship in 1998.
"I was a young cocky sophomore, but I won the NJCAAs and that was my coming out party. I knew I had the ability to go on." – Brock Lesnar
Brock received a full wrestling scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota. He was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American, compiling an incredible record of 106–5 overall. As a junior in 2000, Brock won the NCAA Division I heavyweight championship.
Football and Move to WWE
After college, Brock had a brief stint trying out for the NFL. He signed with the Minnesota Vikings but was cut before the start of the season.
In 2000, Brock signed a developmental contract with WWE (then known as WWF). He immediately impressed with his explosiveness and intensity.
Brock debuted on WWE television in 2002 and quickly became known as "The Next Big Thing." Within months, he had won the King of the Ring tournament and defeated The Rock to become the youngest WWE Champion at age 25.
Early WWE Highlights
- 3x WWE Champion between 2002-2003
- King of the Ring (2002)
- Royal Rumble winner (2003)
- Main evented WrestleMania XIX against Kurt Angle
"I came in as this freak of nature — I was 275 pounds of mostly muscle and explosiveness. Nobody had seen anything like me before in WWE." – Brock Lesnar
Brock left WWE in 2004 to pursue a career in the NFL, but was hampered by injuries. In 2007, he announced his intent to join MMA promotion Hero‘s and train with Miletich Fighting Systems.
He debuted in K-1 in June 2007 and won his first professional MMA fight against Min Soo Kim via submission.
In 2008, Brock signed with UFC and was granted an immediate heavyweight title shot against legend Randy Couture. Despite having little formal training, Brock won the UFC belt in just his third MMA bout.
Key MMA Accomplishments
- UFC Heavyweight Champion (2008-2010)
- Headlined the biggest UFC PPV ever – UFC 100
- Defeated MMA legends Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Shane Carwin
- One of only eight men to win a UFC belt with three or fewer fights
"I was still learning on the job when I fought Randy Couture. I only had a wrestling base, but it was enough to stop him."
Serious bouts of diverticulitis hampered Lesnar‘s UFC career from 2009-2010. He retired from MMA after back-to-back losses in 2011. His MMA record stands at 5 wins and 3 losses.
Return to WWE
After eight years away, Brock Lesnar made a shocking return to WWE in 2012. He immediately resumed his rivalry with John Cena and defeated him at Extreme Rules.
While Lesnar only appears part-time for major events, he remains one of WWE‘s biggest box office attractions. His appearances always generate huge hype amongst the fans.
WWE Highlights Since 2012 Return
- Defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX
- WWE Universal Champion (2017-2018)
- Headlined multiple WrestleMania events against legends like Triple H, Goldberg, and Roman Reigns
- Short program against UFC star Daniel Cormier (2018-2019)
"I‘m not a superstar, I‘m an assassin. I‘m one in a billion in what I do." – Brock Lesnar
At 45 years old, Brock continues to perform at an elite level through a combination of freakish genetics, strength training, and wrestling skill. He remains the most intimidating force in WWE today.
Fighting Style and Persona
At nearly 300 pounds of hulking muscle, Brock Lesnar cuts an incredibly imposing figure. His strength and speed allow him to bulldoze opponents within seconds.
Inside the ring, Brock utilizes a smashmouth, brawling style. His moveset consists mainly of body slams, suplexes, clotheslines, and brutal fist strikes.
Lesnar carries himself with an arrogant, aloof demeanor and generally despises having to deal with people. His cold, calculating "assassin" persona makes him one of WWE‘s top heels.
Legacy and Accomplishments
Over a 20+ year career, Brock Lesnar has amassed a resume unmatched in sports and combat sports:
- 5x WWE World Champion
- UFC Heavyweight Champion
- NCAA Wrestling Champion
- NFL Preseason
- Headlined 7 different WrestleMania events
- WWE King of the Ring (2002)
- WWE Royal Rumble winner (2003)
- First man to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania
Brock‘s physique, strength, speed, wrestling, and athleticism make him a once-in-a-lifetime athlete. At 45, he is still performing at a world class level and adding to his towering legacy.
Brock Lesnar has earned the nicknames of “The Anomaly”, “The Beast Incarnate” and “The Conqueror.” He is a larger-than-life figure who transcends WWE, MMA and sports entertainment as a whole.