Brock Lesnar is a force of nature. The man is signed to the biggest wrestling organization and the largest MMA promotion on earth, at the same time, yet he only works about 5 days a year to get paid more than most people in either organization will in their entire careers. Brock Lesnar's net worth is through the roof because he is just a freak athlete who has managed to fight his way to the top wherever he goes.
Brock Lesnar's first run in the UFC saw him beating the champion and winning the belt, and getting wins over some very legitimate opponents, even though he had extremely limited MMA experience. He was fed to the wolves, and he became the leader of the pack. Health issues put his MMA career on hold for years, but with the UFC's biggest event just around the corner, Brock is making a massive comeback and nobody saw it coming.
The news that Brock Lesnar was returning to the UFC was announced during their most recent Pay Per View, during a commercial for UFC 200. The commercial showed a quick profile of all the big names who will be fighting, then faded to black, but then for a split second you saw Brock. That was the big reveal. Even Joe Rogan was caught off guard, although anyone who follows MMA news online had a heads up that this was going to happen - which resulted in some huge alleged temper tantrums by the UFC's owners. In any case, it is real, it is going to happen and fans hope it stands up to all of the hype surrounding it. Here are 15 things you need to know about Brock's return to the UFC and how big it will be.
15 MMA’s Top Journalist Banned For Life
Ariel Helwani is widely considered to be the top journalist in all of MMA. His connections are able to help him leak some of the biggest news, including Brock's comeback and the fact that Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are having a rematch soon. He gives the UFC tons of free coverage, but he gets on their nerves because he has been advocating for fighters - which the UFC takes as an attack on the company.
14 The UFC Fought For Brock
Rumors of Brock's return seem to be a yearly occurrence. It seemed like it was close to happening a year or two ago, but Brock decided to re-up his WWE contract instead. You can't really blame him. We all know that wrestlers go through hell to train and perform, but Brock only has to show up a few times a year. If he was still fighting MMA, he would need to be training and sparring full time in between shows.
13 The UFC Needs Brock
Originally, Conor McGregor was set to headline UFC 200 in a rematch against Nate Diaz. Conor wanted to focus on training instead of going all-in on media obligations like he usually does to a sell a fight, but the UFC wanted all of his promotional pull. To prove a point, Conor announced his retirement over Twitter. It got more attention than Kobe's retirement tweet, and Conor proved that he can get more media coverage with a single Tweet than any other fighter can get with a full whirlwind media tour.
12 Vince Is Only Letting Brock Fight In The UFC Once
Brock only has a one-fight deal with the UFC, which further proves how desperate the UFC was to have his name on the UFC 200 card. The WWE is giving Brock the hall pass for a one-and-done fight in MMA, and still expects Brock to show up at Summerslam shortly after.
11 Brock Lesnar’s MMA Career Was Cut Short
Brock has said that if it wasn't for his diverticulitis, he might have been fighting in the UFC this whole time. The belt has already changed hands a few times since Brock lost it to Cain Velasquez, but we can only imagine that with Brock in the mix he'd have a good shot of getting it back at some point. Anything can happen in the heavyweight division, and it usually does.
10 WWE Will Want A Huge Return
The WWE is doing the UFC a huge favor by giving Brock Lesnar some wiggle-room in his contract, but it's probably not an entirely benevolent move. Chances are that the WWE is going to be expecting some huge return. It's only fair, right?
Ronda Rousey made huge headlines when she made her appearance alongside The Rock at Wrestlemania, but she didn't actually wrestle a match because she was under contract with the UFC. Now that the WWE has extended the olive branch and allowed Brock to moonlight in the UFC, the WWE will most likely want a big-name MMA fighter to co-promote. It could be Ronda Rousey, it could be Chael Sonnen, it could be Conor McGregor... there's a lot of speculation, and time will tell.
9 It Takes Two To Tango
Brock Lesnar isn't going in there alone, he's going to be sharing the Octagon with a fighter named Mark Hunt, who is pretty much a legend of combat sports in his own right. Just for some context, when Fedor (another legendary heavyweight) announced his return to MMA, he got a lot of criticism for the less experienced opponents he's been fighting, likely for tune-up fights and to try to build some hype. Brock, on the other hand, is being put in there with one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC.
8 Mark Hunt Has An Obsessed Japanese Fan
Mark Hunt appeals to fans because he's down to earth, calls it like he sees it, and just seems like a really fun guy. Also, he's a great fighter and has that underdog-who-pulls-it-off appeal to him. He has certainly attracted some very unique fans. He has fought in Japan a lot, and along the way he managed to pick up a unique Japanese fan named HASSY. This fan has dedicated a lot of their time to drawing ... interesting pictures of Mark Hunt. Most MMA art involves recreating epic battles and famous moments, but HASSY creates her own scenarios, like laying in a bed of leaves next to Mark Hunt. Here's a conversation between the two from Twitter:
HASSY: When you come back to Japan and I can meet you,...I would like to walk along the beach together....
7 The Total Age Of These Two Fighters Is 80-Years Old
Mark Hunt is 42 years young, and Brock Lesnar is 38. Add that up, and you've got 80 years old, which is considerably older than the average total age between two fighters, but not completely out there when you're looking at heavyweights, where fighters tend to be able to stick around longer.
6 Brock Lesnar Is A Freak Athlete
When he competed in NCAA Wrestling, Brock Lesnar won the Division I heavyweight division and was an All-American. He won rookie of the year in the UFC in 2008 before going on to win the belt. He excelled in pro wrestling.
5 Brock Lesnar Used To Be The UFC Champion
Some people might not realize just how well Brock Lesnar did in the UFC. It wasn't just a publicity stunt to cash in like CM Punk's upcoming fight will likely end up; Brock was a legitimate contender who actually went on to hold the belt for longer than anyone else in UFC history save for one man, but we'll cover that more in-depth in a couple of minutes.
4 Mark Hunt Has Beaten Some Of The Top Fighters Of All Time
Hunt's record is far from flawless, but simply looking at his win/loss stats doesn't begin to tell the whole story. Mark Hunt's career MMA record is a patchy 12-10-1, but he's still one of the top heavyweights in the game right now.
Hunt's last 12 fights were all in the UFC, and his overall UFC record is 7 wins, 4 losses, and 1 draw. Before coming over to the UFC, Hunt hit a rough patch in the PRIDE and DREAM organizations in Japan. He fought a murderer's row of guys including: Fedor, Overeem, Barnett, Mousasi, and more.
3 Mark Hunt Has More Kickboxing Fights Than MMA Fights
Mark Hunt had a strong start to his MMA career, earning wins over guys like Wanderlei Silva and Cro Cop during his first 4 fights. He lost his first fight, then won five in a row against total killers, then went on to lose 6 fights in a row. That's a really tough thing to take in as a fighter, especially when you're getting up there in your mid thirties, but Hunto stayed in it and went on to put together another 4 wins in a row in the UFC. Since then, it's been up and down, with Hunt usually losing a couple in a row, then winning a couple. He has wins over some incredible fighters, and losses as well, but that's just kind of how the heavyweight division goes.
2 Brock Lesnar Is The Only Person To Win The NCAA, WWE, And UFC Championships
1 Only One Person Has Been UFC Champion For Longer Than Brock Lesnar
Brock held the UFC belt for 707 days. Granted, he wasn’t actively fighting 3-4 times a year like some fighters, so it’s kind of a misleading statistic, but nonetheless – he has the second longest reign as UFC heavyweight champ. The heavyweight division in the UFC is notorious for being a very slow-moving division; that is to say that the belt doesn’t change hands very often nor do the champs fight very often.
Brock’s time out with diverticulitis is responsible for how long he technically held the belt. Brock won the belt when he smashed UFC legend Randy Couture at UFC 91 in 2008. He defended it twice against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, until losing the belt to Cain Velasquez, who would go on to lose the belt during his first defense, only to win it back in 2012 before losing the belt to Fabricio Werdum in the summer of 2015.
Sources: mixedmartialarts; wikipedia.org
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