Brock Edward Lesnar , born July 12, 1977, is an American professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist and American football player. He is currently signed with WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand and is the current and longest-reigning Universal Champion in his first reign.
At age 17, Lesnar joined the Army National Guard, where he was assigned to an office job after his red-green colorblindness was deemed hazardous to his desire to work with explosives. He lost this job after failing a computer typing test and later worked for a construction company.
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002)
WWE Champion (2002–2003)
Feud with Goldberg and departure (2003–2004)
Return to WWE (2012-2013)
Lesnar returned to WWE on April 2, 2012 on Raw, as a villain, by confronting and delivering an F-5 to John Cena. The following week on Raw, General Manager John Laurinaitis revealed that he signed Lesnar to bring “legitimacy” back to the WWE and become the “new face of the WWE”
The next week on Raw, Paul Heyman made his return as Lesnar’s legal representative and claimed that Lesnar was quitting WWE. He later announced a lawsuit against WWE for breach of contract. At No Way Out in June, Triple H challenged Lesnar (who was not present) to a match at SummerSlam, which Lesnar refused.
Lesnar returned on the January 28, 2013 episode of Raw, confronting Mr. McMahon who was about to fire Heyman, and despite Heyman’s pleas, Lesnar attacked McMahon with an F-5, breaking McMahon’s pelvis in storyline. The following week during The Miz’s Miz TV talk show, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero revealed herself as the one who signed Lesnar to a new contract to impress McMahon
Lesnar returned on the June 17 episode of Raw, attacking Heyman’s fellow client CM Punk with an F-5. Despite the accusations from Punk, Heyman claimed that he was not behind Lesnar’s attack on him. However, Heyman turned on Punk in July, and claimed that Punk could not beat Lesnar, which led to Lesnar making his return and attacking Punk on the July 15 episode of Raw. The following week on Raw, Punk challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam on August 18, where Lesnar defeated Punk in a no disqualification match.
Ending the Streak and WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2013–2015)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–2011)
During UFC 77 on October 20, it was announced that Lesnar had reached a deal to fight with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On February 2, 2008, he made his debut with the promotion in an event titled UFC 81: Breaking Point against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Due to his large hands, Lesnar was wearing 4XL gloves for the fight, making him the second man in Nevada’s combat sports history to wear such gloves, after Choi Hong-man.
Lesnar then faced Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91 on November 15. Lesnar beat Couture via a technical knockout (TKO) in the second round to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
On December 27 at UFC 92, Frank Mir defeated Antônio Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight Championship and was to face Lesnar for the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98. Immediately after winning the Interim Heavyweight title, Mir found Lesnar in the crowd and shouted, “You’ve got my belt”. Due to a knee injury to Mir, the title unification match with Lesnar that was originally slated to be the UFC 98 main event was postponed.
On July 1 it was reported that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104 would face Lesnar, but the match was scrapped and Lesnar was scheduled to defend the title against Shane Carwin at UFC 106 on November 21.
In January 2010, Lesnar announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that he was scheduled to make a return to the UFC in the summer. A match between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin took place on March 27 at UFC 111 to determine the Interim Heavyweight Champion and Lesnar’s next opponent.
Return to the UFC (2016–2017)
Fight against Mark Hunt
Though Lesnar said he was “closing the door on MMA” in March 2015, UFC announced on June 4, 2016 that he would return at UFC 200 on July 9. WWE confirmed it had granted Lesnar “a one-off opportunity” to compete at UFC 200 before he would return to the company for SummerSlam on August 21. Lesnar, representing Canada for the first time in his career, defeated Mark Hunt by unanimous decision, avoiding 19 of Hunt’s 30 attempted standing strikes and taking him down four times to land 43 significant ground strikes (32 in the final round). He also was paid a UFC record $2.5 million purse. This record was broken at UFC 202 by Conor McGregor, who was also the previous holder.
Suspension and second retirement
On July 15, Lesnar was notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) stemming from an undisclosed banned substance in an out-of-competition sample collected on June 28. On July 19, the UFC announced that a second sample taken in-competition on July 9 tested positive for the same banned substance discovered in the previous out-of-competition sample. On August 23, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) confirmed that Lesnar twice tested positive for the estrogen blocker clomiphene and he was suspended.
On December 15, it was confirmed that Lesnar was fined $250,000 and suspended from competition for one year by the NSAC. He would be eligible to return in July 2017. As a result of the suspension, the result of his fight with Mark Hunt was overturned to a no contest.
On February 14, 2017, it was reported that Lesnar had notified UFC he was retiring from MMA for the second time.
Brock Lesnar was expected to sign with UFC after losing the WWE Universal Title at Wrestlemania 34 but he ended up retaining the belt in a surprising turn of events.It remains to be seen where Brock Lesnar’s immediate future lies.