Today is 10 years since Brock Lesnar won his first UFC fight
If he can manage to stay on the good side of USADA, Brock Lesnar will return to the UFC Octagon at some point next year for a super fight showdown with double champion Daniel Cormier, after having served his suspension for failing a drug test after his last fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200.
Despite having bounced between pro wrestling and mixed martial arts in the last few years, today marks the 10-year anniversary of first UFC win against Heath Herring at UFC 87 in 2008.
Lesnar had had just one professional fight prior to his signing to the UFC, leading many at the time to question his ability in the cage. Dana White and the matchmaking team at the UFC wasted no time in letting Brock test the waters of MMA, instead, they threw him straight in with former UFC champion Frank Mir.
Despite being clearly overmatched in terms of experience against Mir, eventually being submitted with a kneebar, Lesnar showed that he had enormous potential.
In his next appearance in the Octogan, Lesnar again was not given an easy matchup, facing PRIDE veteran and durable heavyweight Heath Herring.
In this fight, Lesnar showed that his mix of high-level amateur wrestling skills mixed with never-before-seen athleticism could allow him to destroy opponents despite his lack of experience. Try as he might, Herring could not manage to stop Lesnar consistently dominating the fight using his takedowns.
Also, despite not having the most refined striking technique, Lesnar proved that he could put his freakish strength to good use on the feet. In one of the most terrifying sequences in UFC history, Lesnar dropped Herring with a punch then charged towards him like a bull to a matador.
Though Herring managed to survive the three rounds, there was no question who would be victorious on the judges’ scorecards.
Afterwards, in just his fourth-ever MMA fight Lesnar would finish UFC legend Randy Couture to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
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