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January 21, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Heavyweight Brock Lesnar, speaking publicly Wednesday for the first time since suffering a major intestinal infection that could have ended his Ultimate Fighting Championship career, said he expects to return to the octagon in the summer. "I have a different outlook on life from this, but when it comes to fighting, I'll still be dishing out pain," Lesnar said. He anticipates fighting against the March 27 winner of the Frank Mir-Shane Carwin bout. After defending his UFC heavyweight title in July with a second-round demolition of Mir, Lesnar, 32, had to scrap two scheduled bouts with Carwin as he struggled through diverticulitis, a severe intestinal infection that can cause extreme pain and even prove fatal.
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October 25, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
UFC President Dana White said in a radio interview Thursday that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will never fight again. "He's done," White said on the "Dave and Mahoney Show" on CBS radio in Las Vegas. "He called me a couple of days ago. He's never coming back. His body can't take it. He said he can wrestle, but he can't fight. He was contemplating coming back. " Lesnar, who is currently competing as a pro wrestler for WWE, had a near-fatal bout of diverticulitis in 2009 and had surgery to remove 12 inches of his colon in 2011.
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July 12, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
If UFC 100 represents mainstream, the world has changed. Brock Lesnar, the former World Wrestling Entertainment fighter and current UFC heavyweight champion, battered Frank Mir in a second-round knockout to set aside a festering year of bitterness. Lesnar, who used at least 17 unanswered uppercut blows on the canvas to beat Mir, then blew off some steam at the booing audience who padded his wallet with a $5.1-million live gate at Mandalay Bay.
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April 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Before he became a champion in UFC, Brock Lesnar was "The Next Big Thing" in pro wrestling. After retiring from UFC last year, the question was, would he become "The Next Big Thing" again? The Internet rumor train picked up full steam Sunday, when it was learned that Lesnar was in Miami, home of this year's WWE "WrestleMania" pay-per-view event. Some sites reported that Lesnar was backstage at the event, with speculation being he would interfere in either the Triple H-Undertaker match or the Rock-John Cena match.
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April 2, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Before he became a champion in UFC, Brock Lesnar was "The Next Big Thing" in pro wrestling. After retiring from UFC last year, the question was, would he become "The Next Big Thing" again? The Internet rumor train picked up full steam Sunday, when it was learned that Lesnar was in Miami, home of this year's WWE "WrestleMania" pay-per-view event. Some sites reported that Lesnar was backstage at the event, with speculation being he would interfere in either the Triple H-Undertaker match or the Rock-John Cena match.
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July 3, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar knows how to pull off a comeback. He's battled back from an extended hospital stay and layoff due to a major intestinal affliction that threatened to kill him or at least end his short but impressive career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he had reigned as heavyweight champion. Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in his first fight since the health scare, Lesnar found himself getting badly beat up again — this time by interim champion Shane Carwin.
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July 10, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
They tell me right from the start that Brock Lesnar is going to be really scary, like the big brute is going to be any more difficult to interview than Lisa Leslie. You'd have to go to a Sparks' game to talk to her, and once there, she's no treat.
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October 25, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
UFC President Dana White said in a radio interview Thursday that former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will never fight again. "He's done," White said on the "Dave and Mahoney Show" on CBS radio in Las Vegas. "He called me a couple of days ago. He's never coming back. His body can't take it. He said he can wrestle, but he can't fight. He was contemplating coming back. " Lesnar, who is currently competing as a pro wrestler for WWE, had a near-fatal bout of diverticulitis in 2009 and had surgery to remove 12 inches of his colon in 2011.
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December 29, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar was asked to explain the appeal of Brock Lesnar. "I guess it's because I've always done things my way," the former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king said on the eve of his Friday night main event against Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "The unpredictability — that's the most intriguing thing, maybe. " That's brilliant insight, really. For starters, Lesnar, 34, doesn't actually need the UFC. With a career consisting of only seven fights, he's already proved capable of reigning as champion after winning the belt over mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture in 2008 and defending it twice.
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September 6, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Heavyweight Brock Lesnar will return to the UFC octagon in a five-round main event Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, facing newly signed former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. "Brock is a big name, a dangerous guy, and this is a dream matchup," Overeem said Tuesday. "I want to see this fight myself. Overall, I'm a different fighter. A striker, athletic, big. These are going to be two big trucks going at it on a collision course. " The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Overeem, 31, is a former K-1 kickboxing champion.
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December 31, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Las Vegas -- As the gravity of what just happened sank in, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White's sickness became severe. "I'm really not feeling good, let someone else talk," White announced to reporters late Friday night following the first-round technical knockout loss and subsequent retirement by heavyweight Brock Lesnar, the organization's most popular fighter. Indeed, White has some thinking to do. PHOTOS: UFC 141 Even though he fought only seven times in the UFC Lesnar was a pay-per-view audience magnet because of his compelling past as a "champion" in the scripted action of World Wrestling Entertainment.
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December 30, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Las Vegas -- Brock Lesnar could not make it through the first round against Alistair Overeem, and he said the end of the fight also was the end of his mixed martial arts career. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, who came from the World Wrestling Entertainment circuit, was knocked down by two hard right knees and a vicious body kick by former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Overeem. On the ground, Lesnar endured 10 unanswered punches, the last of which was a loaded-up cannonball right hand that led referee Mario Yamasaki to give Overeem the technical knockout at the 2-minute 26-second mark of the first round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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December 29, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar was asked to explain the appeal of Brock Lesnar. "I guess it's because I've always done things my way," the former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king said on the eve of his Friday night main event against Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "The unpredictability — that's the most intriguing thing, maybe. " That's brilliant insight, really. For starters, Lesnar, 34, doesn't actually need the UFC. With a career consisting of only seven fights, he's already proved capable of reigning as champion after winning the belt over mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture in 2008 and defending it twice.
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June 10, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
In place of "The Next Big Thing," the Ultimate Fighting Championship is presenting the next best thing in its Saturday debut fight card in Vancouver. Brock Lesnar, the organization's top pay-per-view draw and a former heavyweight champion, was forced to withdraw earlier this spring from his scheduled fight against Junior Dos Santos, his co-coach on the reality TV series "The Ultimate Fighter," because of another round with the intestinal disease diverticulitis. Lesnar, known as "The Next Big Thing" from his days as one of the most popular stars in World Wrestling Entertainment, was replaced by former heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin.
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October 25, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Matt Barkley said Monday it was nothing personal. USC was off last weekend because of an open date, but the Trojans' sophomore quarterback created a social-network stir with a post on his Twitter feed in the aftermath of Cain Velasquez's victory over Brock Lesnar in the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title fight Saturday. Barkley, leader of the team preparing for a game this week against top-ranked Oregon, tweeted: "Wow, Brock just got rocked! Lesnar is to Oregon as Velasquez is to SC. Lezgo.
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October 24, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship got bashed in this weekend. Brock Lesnar's misfortune in losing his title is an opportunity for the UFC to expand its audience with the first Mexican American heavyweight champion in combat sports, Cain Velasquez. "We have a fighting style that's always forward moving, with blood in our heart," Velasquez said late Saturday night after stunning Lesnar and pounding his head often to claim a first-round technical knockout at Honda Center.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent emerged Saturday night, as Cain Velasquez, the son of migrant lettuce farmers, defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship title fight. Velasquez, 28, survived an immediate charge by the heavier Lesnar by blasting punches that knocked the nearly 300-pound former pro wrestling star stumbling across the octagon and crashing to the canvas twice before a final Velasquez flurry caused referee Herb Dean to stop the fight 4:12 into the first round at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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December 31, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Las Vegas -- As the gravity of what just happened sank in, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White's sickness became severe. "I'm really not feeling good, let someone else talk," White announced to reporters late Friday night following the first-round technical knockout loss and subsequent retirement by heavyweight Brock Lesnar, the organization's most popular fighter. Indeed, White has some thinking to do. PHOTOS: UFC 141 Even though he fought only seven times in the UFC Lesnar was a pay-per-view audience magnet because of his compelling past as a "champion" in the scripted action of World Wrestling Entertainment.
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October 23, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight champ, likes to keep things simple. When he was World Wrestling Entertainment's "champion," he was continually uprooted from his Minnesota home for matches, found his body abused by the rigors of the road and was unhappy. Four years into the grind, he quit. Being UFC's heavyweight champion fits his pace. "Train, sleep, family, fight ? I'm pretty basic," Lesnar, 33, said. Hunting is part of his routine too, which he'll get to next week in Canada after his UFC title bout Saturday night at Anaheim's Honda Center against unbeaten challenger Cain Velasquez (8-0)
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