Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, in his first fight since losing his title to Cain Velasquez last October, came into tonight’s main event facing K-1 menace and former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem for the next title shot. Overeem stuffed Lesnar’s lone takedown attempt, punished Lesnar’s body, dropped him with a body kick and then after having several head punches blocked by Lesnar’s arms, he landed a vicious punch to the body to end the fight in the 1st round. In the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Lesnar thanked his training partners and his wife, and promised that he was officially retired.
Brock ends his brief MMA career 5-3, having won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in 2008 and successfully defending it in 2009 and 2010 against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin respectively.
It’s been a topic of speculation given Lesnar’s recovery from diverticulitis, which resulted in 12 inches of his colon to be removed, and his perceived fear of taking too much punishment. Lesnar looked meek and while he was never fazed by the few head shots that landed, the liver shots were just too much for “The Baddest Man on the Planet” to handle.
I don’t know about anyone else, but for a man to come into MMA so late in his athletic prime (31) and become a UFC Heavyweight Champion with multiple defenses is an impressive accomplishment in my books. One can only wonder what would’ve happened if he were 10 years younger and had a proper amateur career instead of the WWE stint and failed football tryout.
Enjoy retirement, Brock. I know a certain Frank Mir enjoys this news….
Alistair Overeem will fight Junior Dos Santos for the current UFC HW Championship sometime in 2012.