BROCK LESNAR: There Goes the Pain (Part 2)

The Struggle with Diverticulitis

Brock sinking in the arm triangle choke on Carwin

After Brock defeated Frank Mir at UFC 100, a long title reign for Lesnar was to be expected. Or at least the UFC expects him to be, as a dominant heavyweight champion will prove to be a major attraction especially on PPV. Thus, the UFC wasted no time scheduling Brock’s next title defense. His opponent: Shane Carwin: 265 lbs. with an undefeated MMA record and all wins coming by KO/TKO and ending opponents all at the 1st round. This would be the first time that Brock would meet a knockout artist as Brock’s previous opponents, tough as they are, were not really known for their striking prowess and KO power. This was also billed as the biggest heavyweight title fight of all time, playing to the fact that both fighters weigh at the 265-lb weight limit. However, before the fight even came into fruition, Brock had yet another major road block. He was diagnosed with diverticulitis. This life-threatening illness took months out of his MMA career and would only come back after a year’s absence in the Octagon, facing an equally scary monster in Carwin as well.

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BROCK LESNAR: There Goes the Pain (Part 1)

It’s over. Brock Lesnar retired from the UFC after his brutal TKO loss in the hands of Alistair Overeem. He amassed a 5-3 MMA record and a UFC Heavyweight Championship to boot.

It’s no secret that I’m a big Brock Lesnar fan. In fact, Brock made me more of an MMA fan today than I was before he entered the octagon. If Tito Ortiz and GSP introduced me to UFC and MMA in general, Brock Lesnar hooked me to it. However, my Lesnar fandom has a much deeper history, going back to his days in the WWE; far from the world of competitive combat sports and legitimate sanctioned bouts. This post is a mini career retrospective for one of the most polarizing athletes in WWE and UFC history.

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