Brock Lesnar is a fascinating character for any wrestling or MMA fan. He is a man of few words, but when he does get on the mic, he really blows people away. However, there is no doubt that his talent makes us all intrigued about Brock. His success is incredibly unique. He has been able to perform moves from professional wrestling with the WWE, to the world of MMA with the UFC, and now back to WWE. This of course, does not include any other ventures that have happened in between.
His career proves just how impressive Lesnar's ability, as well as his astonishing work ethic is. Brock is strong, and so focused that he seldom lets anything get in the way of his next goal. With such a rarity of a human being, it makes us all wonder what is behind Brock Lesnar, and what made him the way he is and what more has he tried to do. Here we give you a better insight into the Brock Lesnar we all see on television, by giving you some amazing facts about the wrestler that not many people know. So take a seat and get ready to find out what is behind this monster and a force that currently cannot be reckoned with.
10 Grew Up On A Dairy Farm
Believe or not, Brock grew up as a farm boy and was quite familiar with milking cows! Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota, on his father’s dairy farm. Webster is a small town which was reported to have a population of 1,886 people in the 2010 census. With his mother Stephanie Lesnar, and his father Richard Lesnar, the family grew up quite poor. Brock eventually became obsessed with wrestling and building strength, despite the fact that the farm and wildlife was so familiar to him. But before this, he thought that he was destined to be a farmer!
9 Roommates With Shelton Benjamin
In his education, Brock Lesnar went to Bismarck State College. In his sophomore year, the WWE star won the National Junior College Wrestling Championship. He then transferred to the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship. There he met now former WWE wrestler, Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin became Brock’s roommate at the University and also went on to serve as Lesnar’s assistant coach.
It seems that Benjamin and Lesnar were quite close. After their time at the University of Minnesota, when Brock was signed by WWE, he laid down some conditions to the company. Former WWE commentator Jim Ross, revealed all when he wrote for FOX Sports, “The only catch was that we needed to also recruit and offer Brock's Minnesota teammate, Shelton Benjamin, as well…Benjamin was an amazing athlete, and signing the South Carolina native was a blessing as he had a solid WWE career, arguably underutilized in the opinion of some. Plus, he made Brock's transition from the amateurs to the pros much easier”.
8 Married To Rena Lesnar (aka Sable)
In his love life, Lesnar is married to former WWE diva Sable, also known as Lena Lesnar. You may remember her as being the second women’s WWE champion. Prior to her present marriage, Lena was married to wrestler Marc Mero, and she was officially divorced in 2004. Lena and Brock separated in 2005, but later reconciled. The two then got married a year later in May 2006.
In 2009, Lena gave birth to their first son Turk, and then later their second son, Duke, in July 2010. Brock is also a step father to Lena's daughter Mariah, from her first marriage to Mero. Before his marriage with Lena, Brock was married to Nicola McClain, a fitness model. He had his first child, a daughter with McClain called Mya Lynn, in 2002.
7 Came Close To Death Battling Diverticulitis
Back in 2009, Brock Lesnar was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Only a month later, doctors discovered that the wrestler had diverticulitis. Diverticulitis is a disease in the digestive tract. For the former UFC fighter, his case was quite severe and almost life-threatening. In his book Death Clutch, Brock described what it felt like to have such an illness, "I have a high threshold for pain, higher than most guys, and I couldn't deal with it. It felt like I had taken a shotgun blast to the stomach, and then someone poured in some salt and Tabasco and stirred it all up with a nasty pitchfork".
Whilst in Canada in 2009, Brock was rushed to the hospital in excruciating pain. This was a difficult time for Lesnar, and doctors could not determine what was wrong with him, and decided to keep him on a high dosage of painkillers. Dissatisfied, he moved to a hospital in South Dakota, where the doctors diagnosed him with the condition. There, he underwent surgery, but this wasn't the last of it. Brock had to have surgery once again in 2011, this time having his colon removed. This ultimately led to the end of his UFC career.
After Lesnar retired from MMA, UFC President Dana White summed it up best when he said, “It's interesting. He became champion with diverticulitis. What would he have done without it?"
6 The Youngest WWE Champion Ever
Once Brock Lesnar signed with WWE in 2000, it would be two years before he made his first appearance on Raw in 2002. Accompanied to the ring by Paul Heyman, he was destined for the success. Brock was given the tag “the next big thing”, which gave people no doubt that he would be rising to the top pretty quickly.
Brock achieved a big accolade winning the King of the Ring in 2002, beating Rob Van Dam. This put him in line for a title shot for the undisputed WWE Championship. His opponent would be none other than the Brahma Bull, The Rock, who he would go on to face at Summerslam. Lesnar was given a huge push when he beat The Rock to become the younger WWE champion at the age of just 25.
5 Professional American Football Player
In 2004, after a four year period with the WWE, Brock Lesnar decided it was time to take a break from wrestling. Many say that Brock was simply tired of all the travelling required of a WWE superstar. Lesnar then turned his attention to a sport that he had always been interested in trying; American football, specifically with the NFL. With his amazing work ethic, Brock spent time training in Arizona with a hope to make it to a practice squad. Things seemed to be going his way when he started playing for the Minnesota Vikings. At the same time, Lesnar tried to remain realistic about how long it would take to make his dream a reality; "I'm not stupid. I know the NFL is a difficult world to crack...But I'll play defensive line to left out. I'm fighting every fu*king play. I can fight for real”.
In a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brock was not afraid to bring out his fighting skills; “I’ve got to prove myself. If it’s fighting and clawing and whatever, then that’s what I’m going to do. I haven’t had this much fun since … I can’t remember. I have only one speed." Unfortunately for Brock, he got cut at the end of the pre-season.
4 Topped The List For Salaries In MMA In 2011
By 2011, Lesnar had made a big name for himself. He had a legacy that he had left behind in the WWE, proving his talent in the ring. Even though he failed at it, his brief stint in the NFL proved just how tenacious Brock was and still is. In 2006, he paved the way for a new direction in his career when he told the world about his intent to join K1’s Mixed Martial Arts League Heroes.
Later in 2008, he would sign to the UFC and fought he first match against Frank Mir, which he went on to lose. In subsequent matches, Lesnar went on to beat Heath Herring, Randy Couture (winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt) and Frank Mir in a rematch. He slowly started to gain a bigger status in the UFC. With Brock Lesnar on the rise, and an impressive start to the UFC, it then came as no surprise when he was announced as the highest earner amongst MMA fighters in 2011, raking in $5,300,000.
3 Attempted To Sue WWE
In 2004 when Brock decided to leave the WWE, it’s difficult to claim that he left on good terms. WWE allegedly tried to put a block on him fighting for another competitor until June 2010. Unhappy with this, Brock filed a lawsuit against the WWE in February 2005.
After a lengthy back and forth, the WWE decided to settle. Brock’s lawyer commented, “Although the settlement with WWE does not give Brock the clear-cut court victory he was looking for, it does provide him with the certainty he needs to pursue new ventures while he is still in his athletic prime”.
2 He's A ‘Conservative Republican’
Brock Lesnar is often viewed as the quiet guy who speaks with his power rather than his words. However, the wrestler has some strong views when it comes to politics. On the political spectrum, Brock defines himself as a conservative Republican.
In the past, Lesnar has expressed his dislike for Barack Obama’s “Obamacare”. His views about this became apparent when he spoke in interviews about the care he had received under Canadian doctors when he was going through some serious problems with diverticulitis. Brock told sources, “They couldn't do nothing for me. It was like I was in a third-world country”.
Speaking on his satisfaction with the American healthcare, he then went to speak against Obama’s agenda for reform, “The only reason I’m mentioning this is – I’m mentioning this to the United States of America, because President Obama is pushing this health-care reform, and obviously I don’t want it. I’m a conservative Republican. … I’m speaking on behalf of Americans. I’m speaking on behalf of our doctors in the U.S. that don’t want this to happen, and neither do I.”
1 Loves Hunting
As Brock is a conservative Republican, this fact about him makes a lot of sense. Lesnar’s passion for hunting is pretty huge. He is such an avid fan that he is a member of the NRA and attended their annual meeting in 2011.
Brock often visits Alberta, Canada, which is one of his favorite spots to hunt wildlife such as deer. He told MMA Fighting back in 2011, "I'm an excellent hunter. I've been hunting since I was five years old, and at the end of the day, for God's sakes, I don't waste any meat. If you ever looked at my dinner plate when I was done eating you'd know that." In 2011, Lesnar fell into trouble with the law after admitting to a hunting infraction. The former MMA fighter then pleaded guilty to one count of failure to immediately affix a tag to an animal. He was fined $1,725 and banned from hunting for six months.