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Any normal person who just learned they had a hole in the side of their stomach would drop everything to remedy the situation as fast as possible. Not Brock Lesnar. Instead, he went out and won the heavyweight crown in the most competitive athletic organization he could find; the Ultimate Fighting Championship. What’s more impressive? He did it after only three professional fights.
Let’s rewind real quick to take a look at where this beast came from. After wrestling to a 33-0 record his senior year of high school in South Dakota, he went to the University of Minnesota on a full wrestling scholarship. In 2000, he won the NCAA championship as a heavyweight, finishing his college career with a record of 106-5.
Already there’s a lot we can learn about these stats. First, he’s a big dude who knows how to handle himself. Collegiate wrestling is a grueling sport that requires strength, agility, proper dieting, and incredible toughness. His collegiate career loss percentage was less than 1%. Less than 1%!
After his college career he quickly signed with the WWE and was put into their training camp. Two years later he was part of their main roster and one of their biggest draws. Wrestling the likes of Hulk Hogan, The Rock, and Big Show in major pay-per view events garnered him millions of adoring fans who supported his run at the promotions title belts.
From this, we learn that Brock is a fast learner. To go from an unknown to a main staple in the biggest wrestling promotion in the world in two years is a meteoric rise. Because the WWE is constantly traveling and broadcasting, these athletes are constantly doing shows. Though wrestling is often put under scrutiny for not being about true athletic prowess, these guys are still taking massive amounts of punishment through slams, steel chairs, and finishing moves. At this point, Lesnar’s body had been sculpted into something that more resembles a comic book Viking than just another muscle dude.
A few years into his thriving WWE career, Lesnar decides to quit and play football in the NFL. Like it’s that easy, you know, just switch from one highly competitive career to another highly competitive career. Though it upset fans, he did it! Brock did a short stint with the Minnesota Vikings and caused quite a stir when he would pick fights and get into minor scuffles with opposing team members.
After a short stay in the NFL Lesnar turned his attention to the MMA. After training under Greg Nelson, he fought in K-1, winning by knockout in the first round. It wasn’t long before the UFC was knocking at his door with a contract.
To put this into perspective, people fight for years and train their entire lives before even being considered to compete in the UFC. Brock Lesnar did it in one fight. Even after losing his debut to Frank Mir, he went on to win the heavyweight belt in just two more fights. He would then go to avenge his loss to Mir through a brutal display at UFC 100, and then come back from the depths of defeat to choke out Shane Carwin in a later bout.
To add fuel to the fire, he did this all with a hole in his stomach! Brock Lesnar had to recently undergo surgery to correct his diverticulitis, which essential leaks fecal matter into your abdomen. The amount of pain this causes is almost immeasurable, but Brock powered through it like a honey badger to win. He has since undergone the necessary operations and will be back to full health shortly, which will be terrifying for his opponents, but this really goes without saying…Brock Lesnar, “YOU THE MAN”!
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