Throughout all the ups and downs of Brock Lesnar’s mixed martial arts career, he has remained a formidable figure, always ready to step inside the cage no matter the opposition. That is exactly what he did at UFC 226 after Daniel Cormier demolished Stipe Miocic to become a two-division champion.
Lesnar challenged “DC” for a heavyweight showdown, and with USADA announcing his eligibility to compete by January of 2019, he may just get his wish. Until that day, he are some of the numbers that have made the former UFC heavyweight champion the force that he is inside the octagon.
106: Wins against five losses in four years in college. He was also a two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA heavyweight champion, two-time NCAA All-American, 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion and two-time Big Ten Conference champion.
69: Seconds to defeat Min-Soo Kim for an impressive MMA debut. Kim was a world champion judoka who had previously faced veterans such as Don Frye, Semmy Schilt and Ray Sefo.
7: Seconds into the fight, and he was able to take Frank Mir down. This happened during their first encounter at UFC 81. He went on to punish Mir with punches, but then Mir caught him with a kneebar to end the fight at 1:30 in round 1.
45: Significant strikes against Heath Herring, per Fightmetric. “Can you see me now?” blurted Lesnar after the one-sided fight where his opponent could only tally 9 significant strikes.
2: Rounds to stop Randy Couture and claim the UFC heavyweight title. After knocking Couture down with a straight right, he started raining down punches, and at 3:07, referee Mario Yamasaki had seen enough.
47: Significant strikes as opposed to Mir’s 4 in their rematch at UFC 100. It was another one-sided match that saw Lesnar winning by TKO in the second round. With the win, he earned the 2009 Sherdog Beatdown of the Year.
1: Submission win via arm triangle. Following his first successful title defense over Mir, Lesnar was sidelined by a gastrointestinal disease, which prompted the UFC to create an interim belt that was eventually held by Shane Carwin. At UFC 116, Lesnar returned to the Octagon to unify the belts with a second round win over the heavy-hitting Carwin.
3: Losses in his professional MMA career. Apart from Mir, he also bowed and surrendered the belt to Cain Velasquez and lost to Alistair Overeem, both by TKO.
1: No contest under his name. He originally defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but the decision was overturned when he allegedly tested positive for a banned substance.
5: Main events in the UFC. Lesnar is a proven crowd drawer who has headlined five UFC events alongside Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir and Randy Couture. He also participated in some of the top-selling pay-per-view events in the history of the promotion, including UFC 116 and UFC 100.