On This Day, July 10, 2016, Brock Lesnar’s illustrious UFC career came to an end. As some might recall, UFC 200 started on the 9th and ended on the 10th. So, it wasn’t until then that Lesnar’s victory became official. He defeated respected heavyweight competitor Mark Hunt. The victory came by unanimous decision. Lesnar continued his run as a dominating force in the MMA world. He even took home a record, 2.5 million dollars from the bout. But that would be his final appearance in the octagon.
Six days later, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Lesnar had a positive out-of-competition sample collected back on June 28 (basically, it means he failed a drug test). A second sample also tested positive for hydroxy-clomiphene four days later. Hydroxy-clomiphene is an anti-estrogen agent. Lesnar forfeited 10% of his purse, $250,000, and would be suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission retroactive to July 10, the date of UFC 200. His win was overturned to a no contest.
In the early days of the Ruthless Aggression era, Brock Lesnar was truly the “Next Big Thing.” He rose through the ranks of the WWE locker room faster than anyone ever had before. He won the King of the Ring tournament, the RoyalRumble, and even the WWE title. He was on his way to having one of the most dominant professional wrestling careers ever. But he hated the travel, the hotel rooms, and the packed schedule. He wanted a new challenge. So he left the WWE in 2004.
He tried the NFL, and quite frankly, did a lot better than most people like to believe. Ultimately, he found his way to the UFC. There were many skeptics. Sure, Lesnar was a decorated collegiate athlete, a rare physical specimen, and a famous professional wrestler, but this was real fighting. After a loss to Frank Mir at UFC 81, Brock would take off. He had two victories in a row, one against UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship of the World. Lesnar would go on to defend his title valiantly and compiled a respectable 5-3-1 record during his MMA run.
Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE in April 2012. With the help of his UFC run, he picked up right where he left off in 2004. He’s won multiple championships, main-evented WrestleMania, and even ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak. There’s no question that Lesnar’s career went to the next level because of his time in MMA. It gave him validity and believability as one of the greatest combat athletes ever. He brought viewers to the WWE and UFC alike. But unfortunately, all that ended On This Day, July 10, 2016.
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