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On This Day in MMA History… July 12

(Brock, pre-c*ck sword)

Former UFC heavyweight champion death-clutch-part-1%2F&ei=M9EcTpOUNMbyqwHm1PjbCg&usg=AFQjCNGJXxXDzbajSO5NL-EACLQGYX_1Ig&sig2=6FVu78miUN6-YU6LYWDB0w” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Brock Lesnar was born in Webster, South Dakota on this day in 1977.

Thanks to an undefeated 33-0 record he compiled in his final year of high school and an upset victory over top-seeded University of Minnesota heavyweight Brent Boeschans his division in the North Dakota State University’s Bison Open Tournament in 1997 while attending Bismarck Junior College, Lesnar was granted a full scholarship by Boeschans Alma Mater the following year after Bismarck dropped its wrestling program. Brock, who had amassed a 56-3 record in his two years at Bismarck wasted no time in making a name for himself at U of M by winning the Big 10 tournament and effectively ending Iowa’s 25-year streak as tournament champion.

Compiling a near-perfect 24-1 record his junior year, he also placed second in the NCAA tournament that year after losing a 3-2 decision to Stephen Neal of Cal State-Bakersfield. His loss, which was the only one he suffered that year, gave Iowa the tournament. He won the tournament the following year.

Brock Lesnar v Stephen Neal 1999 NCAA… by TSB01

During his amateur wrestling career, Brock put together a 50-2 record in his two years in Minnesota and a 106-5 overall record  in his four combined  years of college. He was a two-time NJCAA All-American, 1998 NJCAA Heavyweight Champion, two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion.

Not bad for a farm kid from North Dakota.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/TheWholeFknShow)

After graduating from college, Lesnar was picked up by the WWE, where he became one of the company’s biggest draws. After leaving the promotion in 2004, in 2005 he began competing for Antonio Inoki’s International Wrestling Grand Prix (the pre-cursor to the Inoki Genome Federation) in Japan where he soon became the organization’s heavyweight champ. His last professional wrestling match was against TNA heavyweight champion Kurt Angle under the IWGP banner on June 29, 2007. He lost the champion versus champion bout.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/IKApeXz)

Three weeks prior to his final pro-wrestling bout, Lesnar made his MMA debut against Min-Soo Kim June 2, 2007 at Dynamite! USA in Los Angeles, Calif. He defeated Kim by submission due to strikes at 1:09 of the opening round. That October, during the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 77, the UFC announced it had come to terms with Lesnar and he made his debut four months later against Frank Mir at UFC 81, losing in quick fashion to the former UFC heavyweight champion via kneebar in just 1:30.

After dominating Heath Herring in his next bout to earn a unanimous decision, Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to win the UFC heavyweight strap nine months after his loss to Mir. Eight months later he defeated Mir in the rematch the same way that he did Couture — by second-round TKO.

While on a hunting trip in Canada, Lesnar was rushed to a local hospital and then transferred to another facility in the U.S. where doctors discovered he had diverticulitis, which could have proven fatal if not treated. The illness forced him to sit out a year before competing again.

Surviving a tough opening-round salvo against UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin in his second title defense on July 3, 2010, Lesnar came back in the second to submit his exhausted challenger with an arm-triangle.

He wouldn’t be so lucky in his next bout.

It took challenger Cain Velasquez just 4:12 to defeat Lesnar by TKO to win the title and improve his record to 9-0.

A second battle with diverticulitis forced Lesnar, who is the highest paid fighter according to ESPN, to pull out of his UFC 131 bout with fellow TUF 13 Junior dos Santos. He was replaced by Carwin, who lost to the durable Brazilian.

It’s unclear whether or not Lesnar is responding well to treatment and if and when he will return to compete in the UFC.


On  this day in 1996, Mark Coleman made his UFC and MMA debut, defeating Moti Horenstein at UFC 10 via first-round TKO in Birmingham, Alabama.

That same night, he defeated Gary Goodridge (submission due to exhaustion) and Don Frye (TKO due to strikes) to win the tournament.

Three fights later he won the UFC’s first heavyweight strap by choking out Dan Severn in less than two minutes. Coleman was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82. The 44-year-old, who is now 16-10 has not fought since losing to Randy Couture at UFC 109 in February 2010 and being subsequently released by Zuffa.

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k-onda- July 13, 2011 at 9:51 am
What the hell is a dakota?
Fried Taco- July 13, 2011 at 7:26 am
Dang, after reading this article I need TRT.
Cornerman- July 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm
I still have the Tee Shirt from UFC X, was the tenth one I watched and the best one to date at that time.
DangadaDang- July 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Intercept your wordplay is second to none.
intercept440- July 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm
on this day in history.. i dont give a fuck
BaghdadBob- July 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm
Good background article. Break-down that opening sentence though: it's longer than some paragraphs.
jiveturkey1986- July 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm
on this day in history. Evans vs Machida 2 was announced
FaH Q NL15- July 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm
"Three weeks prior to his final MMA bout, Lesnar made his MMA debut against Min-Soo Kim"

Either you pointed out that Min-Soo Kim retired after his fight with Brock (which Im not looking up) or Brock's MMA career was three weeks old. If only it was the latter
yanktonirishred- July 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm
Brock is from South Dakota. You get it correct originally but later say North Dakota.
WK- July 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm
And another thing, maybe it's time to get rid of the Captcha. It's obvious our friend Zhong here is human because the current Captcha hasn't been machine-broken.
ArmFarmer- July 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm
Why I know what that word means:
Wads- July 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Thanks Pen Fifteen. It was the University of Iowa, not Iowa State, that won 25 consecutive Big 10 Wrestling Tourneys, and the NCAA tourney in 1999. To the rest of the country that might not seem like a big deal, but when you're from Iowa it most certainly is!
Pen Fifteen- July 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm
At the risk of sounding like a pedantic nitpicker, I must point out that it was Iowa that won the NCAA title in 1999, not Iowa State. Iowa State is in the Big 12, not the Big 10.
kinky friend- July 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm
today's my birthday too... fuck yea
happy 31'st to me bitches
El Guapo- July 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm
Baby Brock = Albino Grimace
WalksInTheDarkness- July 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I love On This Day In MMA, it's always been a good read.

And baby Brock still reminds me of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...
ReX13- July 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Hooray for the return of OTDIMMAH!
Man, UFC 10. i was a huge Don Frye fan, so i really hated Coleman.