Perhaps no other fighter in MMA history captivates audiences like Brock Lesnar does. His physical presence alone has made each one of his fights must-see TV, but it’s his resume outside of the Octagon that makes him such a huge attraction.
He first hit the scene in 2000, where he won the NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship, and finished his amateur wrestling career as a two-time All-American with a record of 106-5.
Next up, he found mega stardom as a professional wrestler with the WWE. Lesnar’s appearance and athleticism made him an instant hit with WWE viewers. He's a multiple-time WWE champion and has feuded with many of pro wrestling’s biggest stars, including The Rock, John Cena and the Undertaker. Lesnar had a hiatus from the WWE during his run in the UFC, but returned in 2012 and remains one of the top draws in sports entertainment.
Lesnar made the transition to MMA in 2007, and pummeled some guy named Min-Soo Kim in his debut fight at a Dynamite!! USA event. It was clear that the potential was there, and the UFC came calling. Lesnar entered his first UFC fight as a -175 favorite against veteran fighter Frank Mir. He showed his lack of experience in the fight and was submitted in the first round.
Lesnar went back to the drawing board and, as a -230 favorite, railroaded Heath Herring, earning himself a title shot against legendary fighter Randy Couture. Once again a favorite, Lesnar earned a second-round TKO to capture the UFC Heavyweight Championship. He went on to defend the title two times, but was on the receiving end of two beatdowns in his last two fights at the hands of Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. The one-sided beatings resulted in his retirement from the sport — or so we thought.
Lesnar reemerged at UFC 200 and earned a decision victory over Mark Hunt that was later changed to a no-contest due to a doping violation. Almost two years after the Hunt fight, rumors are circulating that Lesnar will make a return to the Octagon in 2018. If any UFC fight news is announced, Odds Shark will have the odds.
Here’s a look at Lesnar’s career UFC odds:
|W||Mark Hunt||UFC 200: Tate vs Nunes||+145||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|L||Alistair Overeem||UFC 141: Lesnar vs Overeem||+105||TKO (Body Kick and Punches)||1||2:26|
|L||Cain Velasquez||UFC 121: Lesnar vs Velasquez||-210||TKO (Punches)||1||4:12|
|W||Shane Carwin||UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin||-170||Submission (Choke)||2||2:19|
|W||Frank Mir||UFC 100||-250||TKO (Punches)||2||1:48|
|W||Randy Couture||UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar||-145||TKO (Punches)||2||3:07|
|W||Heath Herring||UFC 87: Seek and Destroy||-230||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|L||Frank Mir||UFC 81: Breaking Point||-175||Submission (Kneebar)||1||1:30|
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