Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Reveals What Other Fighters Told Him Before Fighting Brock Lesnar: “It’s MMA vs Pro Wrestling”

Published 06/22/2022, 5:00 PM EDT

Apart from establishing his name in the pro wrestling world, Brock Lesnar has also enjoyed success in MMA. Very few pro wrestlers can say that they have been a champion in the UFC and Lesnar is one of them. Though his UFC career did not begin on a positive note, he quickly turned things around in his favor.

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‘The Beast Incarnate’ fought several individuals during his time in the UFC, including Frank Mir, who was Lesnar’s first opponent in the UFC. Mir won his match against Lesnar in the first round only through submission. During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Mir revealed his feelings prior to his fight against Lesnar.

Frank Mir said, “I am fighting a guy who is a national champion wrestler. So he is up there with a pedigree that’s extremely high. I looked at Lesnar as a very legitimate threat because of his wrestling background.”

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He further added, “One of the other fighters on the card said, ‘Hey man, you gotta do this. It’s MMA vs Pro wrestling’. So then that actually put a lot of pressure on me. Because I am sitting on people are gonna think he is just a pro wrestler.”

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Brock Lesnar is indeed a national champion wrestler. In 2000, the former WWE Champion won the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. Later, Lesnar made his mark in the professional wrestling world after signing for WWE.

A look at the UFC career of Brock Lesnar

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Lesnar lost his first match in the UFC to Frank Mir at UFC 81. But he came back strong and won his second UFC match against Heath Herring. After that, the WWE superstar got his hands on the UFC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Randy Couture at UFC 91.

LAS VEGAS – JULY 03: Brock Lesnar reacts after his second round submission victory against Shane Carwin to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He then defended the championship against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin at UFC 100 and UFC 116, respectively. But at UFC 121, he lost the championship to Cain Velasquez.

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After that, the Beast Incarnate once again suffered a loss at UFC 141 against Alistair Overeem. Brock Lesnar’s last UFC match took place at UFC 200 against Mark Hunt. Right now, Brock Lesnar is signed to WWE. He recently made his first appearance on WWE television following his loss to Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 38.

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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.

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