Born in Webster, Day County, South Dakota, Brock Lesnar is an American athlete who is famous for competing in WWE, UFC and NFL. He was born on July 12, 1977, at a farm. Since childhood, Lesnar was naturally strong and grew up to be one of the best athletes to walk the planet.
Brock Lesnar has a decorated past in amateur wrestling. He won the NCAA Division 1 state championship while wrestling out of Minnesota in 2000. Throughout his collegiate wrestling career, Lesnar competed at 285lbs. Aside from winning the championship in 2000, he was the runner up in 1999.
Straight out of college, he reportedly signed a development deal with the Vince McMahon owned company in 2000. After a stint in OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) for a couple of years, ‘The Next Big Thing’ made his main roster debut for WWE in 2002. He went on to have a great run during the first run. Lesnar won the WWE Championship in his debut year itself.
However, Brock was burnt out with the hectic schedule of the company and left WWE after WrestleMania 20. He went on to then explored his options in Japan. From NJPW to IWGP, Brock won a lot of championships during his run in Japan from 2005 to 2007.
Brock Lesnar’s stint with NFL and UFC
Brock Lesnar also had a brief stint as a professional football player. After quitting WWE in 2004, Lesnar went on to tryouts for Minnesota Vikings. Despite being injured, Lesnar was featured during the preseason for the franchise. However, it ultimately did not work out as he ended up leaving in the same year.
In 2007, Brock Lesnar made his successful MMA debut against Min-soo Kim. He won in the first round with strikes. Following that, he signed with the UFC in 2008. Although he lost his first fight against Frank Mir, Lesnar certainly did not look out of place. Prior to his UFC debut, Lesnar signed a ‘one-fight’ deal. But UFC president Dana White was impressed with Lesnar’s performance and gave him another go.
Although Lesnar was originally scheduled to fight MMA legend Mark Coleman, he ended up fighting Heath Herring instead. Despite being doubted after his debut, Lesnar made easy work of Herring and won the fight via unanimous decision. That win earned him a title shot at UFC 91.
Brock’s elite wrestling was on display once again as he took down Couture at will. Although Randy landed a few decent shots of his own, ultimately Brock Lesnar’s power got the better of the veteran fighter. A right hook put him down and Lesnar ultimately finished the fight with vicious hammer fists to capture the UFC heavyweight title.
Lesnar then went on to defend his title for the first time against an old foe. At UFC 100, he was set for a rematch against Frank Mir. However, Lesnar was more seasoned now and he was the favourite according to betting odds to win. Lesnar did not disappoint ultimately as he stopped Mir via TKO in the second round of their rematch. He then went on to cut the infamous promo regarding UFC sponsorship.
His career took a turn for the worse after that. In 2009, he was diagnosed with diverticulitis. Because of that, Lesnar had a layoff of almost a year as he was recovering from his initial surgery. During that period, UFC set up an interim fight between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir. Carwin emerged victoriously and it set up a fight between the two at UFC 116.
After a long hiatus, it was unclear if Brock will be able to perform at his best or not. Those fears almost came through as Carwin dropped Lesnar with massive shots in the opening seconds. He dished out an insane amount of punishment to the heavyweight champion. However, Lesnar survived the onslaught and made Carwin exhaust his gas tank by the end of the first round.
Lesnar took the tired interim champion down in the second round and submitted him to complete his second title defence. However, it turned out to be the last victory of his MMA career as he lost two consecutive fights to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. He announced his retirement following the Overeem bout.
However, he did end up coming back to UFC in 2016 for UFC 200. He took on Mark Hunt in the mega event and won the fight via decision. He nullified Hunt’s offence with brilliantly timed takedowns. But the win was overturned into a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for banned substances.
Brock Lesnar had a long battle with Diverticulitis
Brock went under the knife in 2009 once. Due to the condition, his immune system was compromised severely. As a result, Lesnar came seriously close to death. The surgery went in vain as the condition worsened in 2011.
Lesnar had another surgery in 2011. During which, a large portion of his colon was removed. Since then, he has led a healthy life and went on to have another long run in WWE.
The return to WWE in 2012
Following his UFC retirement, Brock Lesnar decided to return back to pro wrestling. He signed with WWE and returned on the ‘Monday Night Raw’ after WrestleMania 28. Lesnar went after the face of the company, John Cena. Although he lost to Cena at Extreme Rules 2012, Brock had a great run afterwards.
WWE chose him to break the famous streak. He defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 to break the winning streak of 21 ‘Mania matches. It ultimately turned him into the ‘The Beast Incarnate’ that fans have come to love. Along with his former advocate Paul Heyman, Lesnar became the biggest name in WWE.
Brock Lesnar is currently the second on the list of longest reigning WWE champions with a reign of 504 days. However, breaking the streak may just be the greatest accomplishment of his pro wrestling career. Lesnar has also main evented WrestleMania 4 times prior to this year’s ‘show of shows.’
How did Brock Lesnar and Sable meet?
Brock Lesnar was is married to former WWE female wrestler Sable. Real name Rena Greek, She and Lesnar met each other during their time in WWE. The couple dated for two years before tying getting married in 2006.
Sable was married two times before meeting Lesnar. Her first husband, Wayne Richardson was killed in a car. She then married Marc Mero in 1994. During the latter stage of their married, Sable met Lesnar and divorced Mero in 2004.
2004 was a significant period for her. During her run, she was one of the top talents in the women’s division. However, she left the company in the same year as Brock Lesnar. Following her departure, she filed a lawsuit against WWE regarding sexual harassment and an unsafe work environment.
As of the writing of this article, Sable does not maintain any kind of social media presence. Similar to Brock, she also stays away from the glamorous life of being a celebrity wag. However, she was seen inside the Octagon after Lesnar’s return at UFC 200.
Brock Lesnar and Sable have now been together for 16 years now. Although there were rumours around 2008 that the couple was divorced. But he dismissed the rumours in an interview with Wrestling INC. Talking about Sable in an interview, Brock Lesnar said,
“If I hadn’t been in WWE, I wouldn’t have met Rena. She’s given me two healthy sons, and she’s been wonderful with Mya. When I say I’m a man who has been blessed by God, I mean it. Rena stood by my decision to leave WWE, which wasn’t easy for her because she was still with the company at the time.”
Kids of Brock Lesnar and what are they doing now?
Brock Lesnar has 4 children. With his present wife, Lesnar has two sons. Their older son Turk Lesnar was born in 2009 and their youngest son Duke Lesnar was born in 2010. Lesnar has two children with his former fiance Nicole McClain. His daughter Mya Lynn Is a track and field athlete. Lesnar’s other son Luke is an ice hockey athlete
My Baby Girl My Daughter Mya Lynn Lesnar pic.twitter.com/HYIBryuBYV— Brock Lesnar (@Brocklesnar441) March 7, 2022
Similar to Lesnar, there isn’t much information regarding the whereabouts of his older children. However, Mya Lynn has made some name for herself in the sports field.
Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns on April 3rd in the main event of WrestleMania 38. This will be his fifth-time main eventing on the biggest wrestling show on the calendar. Both WWE and WWE Universal Championship will be on the line for this match. The winner will be known as the unified champion.