Brock Edward Lesnar (pronounced /ˈlɛznər/; born July 12, 1977) is a former American professional wrestler, actor, mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler. He is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and is ranked the No.5 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog. Lesnar is an accomplished amateur wrestler, winning the 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship and placing secondin 1999, losing in the finals to 1999 world freestyle wrestling champion and future New England Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal.
He then gained prominence in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he was a three-time WWE Champion, becoming the youngest WWE Champion at age 25 with his first reign. Lesnar was the 2002 King of the Ring and the winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble.After leaving WWE in 2004, Lesnar pursued a career in the NFL. He played during the preseason for the Minnesota Vikings, but ended up being a late cut. Lesnar returned to professional wrestling at the end of 2005, and joined New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his first match. He was stripped of the title in July 2006, although he held the physicalbelt until June 2007.
Lesnar started a career in mixed martial arts and won his first fight in June 2007. He then signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in October 2007. He lost his UFC debut against Frank Mir. He captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Randy Couture on November 15, 2008, then avenged his loss to Mir at UFC 100 to become the Undisputed Champion. Afterbeing sidelined from fighting in late 2009 due to diverticulitis, Lesnar returned to defeat the Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin at UFC 116. Lesnar lost the Heavyweight belt against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. He was once again stricken with a bout of diverticulitis in May 2011 and had surgery to try to cope with the ailment. In August 2011, Lesnar stated that he is ready toreturn to fighting in the UFC. Lesnar retired from the UFC following his loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.
1 Early life
2 Professional wrestling career
2.1 World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2002–2004)
2.1.1 Training and debut (2000–2002)
2.1.2 Main event status (2002–2003)
2.1.3 Feuding with Goldberg and departure (2003–2004)
2.2 New Japan Pro Wrestling(2005–2006)
3 National Football League (2004–2005)
4 Mixed martial arts
4.1 Hero's (2007)
4.2 Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)
4.2.3 Losing the title
4.2.4 Coaching on The Ultimate Fighter
4.2.5 Highest paid MMA athlete
4.2.6 Overeem Fight and Retirement
5 Personal life
6 Mixed martial arts record
7 In wrestling
8 Championships andaccomplishments
8.1 Collegiate wrestling
8.2 Mixed martial arts
8.3 Professional wrestling
9 See also
11 External links
Brock Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota. He attended Webster High School in Webster, where he had a wrestling record of 33–0–0 in his senior year. Lesnar admits he graduated last of 54 students in his class. Lesnar later attendedthe University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship for his junior and senior years of college; his roommate was fellow professional wrestler Shelton Benjamin who served as Lesnar's assistant coach. Lesnar won the 2000 NCAA wrestling championship as a heavyweight after placing second in 1999.
Prior to joining the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Lesnar wrestled at Bismarck State College inBismarck, North Dakota. Lesnar finished his amateur career as a two-time NJCAA All-American, 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.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (2002–2004)