December 31, 2011 |
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.
December 30, 2011 |
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.
December 29, 2011 |
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.
June 10, 2011 |
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.
October 25, 2010 |
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.
October 24, 2010 |
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.