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What Brock Lesnar's Wrestling Resume Tells Us About Brock Lesnar

Here's an interesting factoid: even though Lesnar amassed a 33-0 record his senior year in high school, he was not heavily recruited at all. To wit:

This is no load of bull; it's no WWE stunt. I am dead serious about this... I ain't afraid of anything, and I ain't afraid of anybody. I've been an underdog in athletics since I was 5. I got zero college offers for wrestling. Now people say I can't play football, that it's a joke. I say I can. I'm as good an athlete as a lot of guys in the NFL, if not better... I've always had to fight for everything. I wasn't the best technician in amateur wrestling. But I was strong, had great conditioning, and a hard head. Nobody could break me. As long as I have that, I don't give a damn what anybody else thinks.

He didn't start out at Minnesota. In fact, he started out wrestling on the junior college circuit and only made the leap to the Division I after extenuating circumstances:

Choosing minute Bismarck Junior College in North Dakota, Brock first earned his keep by winning the Heavyweight bracket in the North Dakota State University's annual Bison Open Tournament by beating Brent Boeschans of Minnesota, a school that was/is a major force in the world of NCAA wrestling. In 1998, Brock won his 2nd straight Bison Open title, and became the Heavyweight (285 lbs.) bracket champion in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), just before BJC discontinued its wrestling program due to financial cuts following the 1997-98 school year. Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson watched Brock in awe at the Finals of the NJCAA and managed to sign him to transfer to Minnesota. In just 2 years at BJC, Brock had accumulated a 56-3 record.

From this point Lesnar would go on to dominate competition in the Big Ten and the rest of the country for that matter. But what's important here is that while his mantra of "I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks" might be repetitive, it also sounds perfectly believable. For whatever reason, here is a guy that when the world pushes against him, he pushes back. Hard. Very hard. And now with everyone doubting his ability and calling into question his decision to take up MMA, he's got every motivation in the world to prove - to himself by way of proving it to us - he belongs in the UFC and in the main event of a pay-per-view event.

I don't know if he has the ability to escape Mir's arm bar attempts, but he is certainly motivated to learn and he is incredibly motivated to prove to himself he can. Lesnar, for all his faults, is a guy who uses some natural gifts and an intense motivational drive to rise to the top. Even if Mir sidelines that effort for now, I suppose I do expect more from Lesnar. "The Next Big Thing"? Maybe so.