So this a post I want to draw attention too, purely for the fact that Brock Lesnar in the UFC was such a massive piece of history in the UFC organisation and MMA as a whole.
Because ever since Brock Lesnar first entered the UFC in 2008, there has been a rise in the number of professional wrestlers that have been trying MMA.
Now Brock Lesnar is a polarising figure in general, but nevertheless he has without question created a blueprint for what wrestlers can achieve in MMA.
In my eyes it was always inevitable that this would happen, because although organisations like WWE are created for entertainment purposes with scripted match outcomes – the fact remains that being a wrestler in organisations like the WWE is a gruelling schedule.
So do you think wrestlers can be good fighters? Well lets look closer at that –
Are WWE Wrestlers actually tough?
These guys work insane work schedules, sometimes there has been 365 days a year which is common in the industry. Also don’t forget professional wrestlers literally throw themselves around for a living, often having very bad landings with devastating injuries.
So if someone ever tells you that WWE is all fake, well just pick them up and supplex them on a gym matt and see how they feel – think of WWE wrestlers as glorified stuntmen, and in case you didn’t know, being a Hollywood stuntman is an often life threatening thing to do, which takes immense bravery.
Long story short, you better believe that wrestlers are super tough, and don’t forget many famous WWE wrestlers in the past have come from legitimate high level wrestling backgrounds – like Kurt Angle for instance who won a Gold medal at the Olympics for freestyle wrestling.
Wrestling is truly a great base to have in MMA, which is proven by the many UFC champions of the past that have come from wrestling backgrounds.
Brock Lesnar in MMA
Now although we are now seeing many more wrestlers try MMA, none have yet to eclipse the feats of Brock Lesnar in the UFC. He made his MMA debut in in K1 in 2007 against Min Soo Kim, winning easily in the first round due to submission (Punches).
Then he made his long awaited Debut in the UFC in 2008 against Frank Mir, and although Lesnar has a superior strength advantage as he had against all of his opponents, he was fighting a much more experienced opponent in Frank Mir, who won the fight in the first round via Kneebar.
However, he then went on to defeat Heath Herring via unanimous decision, and then defeated Randy Couture via TKO in round 2 to gain the UFC Heavyweight title. Then he retained his title by defeating Frank Mir via TKO in round 2, which was his first and only rematch.
He also dfeated Shane Carwin shortly after that, before eventually being dethroned by Cain Velasquez, and then taking another loss to Alistair Overeem.
He retired from MMA after this, going back to WWE, as he was struggling to deal with Diverticulitis and possibly teh overall strain of being a professional fighter.
Lesnar made a comeback in 2016 when he fought Mark Hunt, he won the fight via unanimous decision – however, this decision was overturned to a no Contest shortly after this, as Lesnar famously failed a drugs test before the fight, and Mark Hunt sought legal action about this, who is still battling for money from Brock Lesnar and the UFC.
Allegations of rampant steroid abuse has followed Lesnar his whole career, and has undoubtedly tainted what has otherwise been a pretty amazing but brief MMA career. Many MMA and WWE fans alike have been calling for Brock to get back in the UFC, but in reality at 39 years old, and after all the negative media attention in recent years, it is unlikely that Brock Lesnar will fight in the UFC ever again.
UFC president has even said himself after the Mark Hunt fight, that he is not expecting another UFC comeback by Brock Lesnar – but will the UFC allow more wrestlers to compete in the octagon? You better believe that if the price is right, and the returns stack up then they definitely will.
What others Wrestlers compete in MMA?
Well I want to start this section by speaking about the true MMA legends that began in professional wrestling – Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Josh Barnett, Bobb Sapp, Kazuki Sakuraba are legend’s in both pro-wrestling and MMA with highly successful careers in both.
Then Bobby Lashley, Alberto Del Rio, Dave Bautista and Sean O’Haire are some other notable names. But when we speak about recent wrestlers in the UFC, then many think of either Brock Lesnar or CM Punk.
CM Punk however, and most ex wrestlers currently in MMA are not likely to be champions in the UFC like Lesnar was, but who knows one day there may be another that comes along and storms into the UFC just like what Lesnar did.
There’s a lot of rumours about what WWE wrestlers will next try MMA, but personally I’m not going to throw out any speculation until someone signs on the dotted line with the UFC.
What sells is what we will see
Its a fact that in the fight game, especially now with WME-IMG owning the UFC, that the business model for match making has altered massively. Because bringing a certain “celebrity” element to the UFC has been building for some time, and there has already been talks of a legends/celebrity division.
So what did Brock Lesnar in the UFC teach us? It taught us to not doubt WWE wrestlers capabilities in MMA, it taught us that the UFC owners will bring in pro wrestlers if there are big pay-per-view sales to be made, and it also taught us that love him or hate him Brock Lesnar was a beast in MMA, regardless of steroid abuse.
So I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you have any comments, questions or smart ass remarks, then feel free to post some below and I will get back to you asap.
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