Brock Lesnar is an American professional wrestler who is signed to WWE’s Raw brand as of 2017. Also a mixed martial artist, Lesnar had a successful UFC career before his retirement on Valentine’s day 2017.
Brock prides himself as the only WWE wrestler with an in-ring corporate endorsement. Although he makes far fewer ring appearances than Cena, Lesnar uses his entertaining prowess as a bargaining chip to negotiate lucrative deals. Here are the things you need to know about Brock Lesnar’s life and of course, his $18 million net worth.
The Foundation, Wiki
Brock Edward Lesnar was born on July 12, 1977, in Webster, South Dakota. He was born to parents: Richard and Stephanie Lesnar who were dairy farmers in Webster. His siblings who are from the same parents include two elder brothers named Troy and Chad Lesnar and a younger sister named Brandi Lesnar.
Lesnar who is of German descent began wrestling in high school where he also played football. In amateur wrestling, Lesnar came 3rd in the state championships in his senior year. He continued playing both sports at Bismarck State College where he earned a wrestling scholarship transferring to the University of Minnesota. Lesner went on to stage an amazing collegiate career winning several titles, among them the 2000 heavyweight wrestling championship belt of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. He left college with a 106–5 overall record.
Professional WWE, UFC Career
Lesnar began his pro wrestling career in 2000 signing with the then-WWF (World Wrestling Federation). With the subsequent introduction of the brand extension, Lesnar was signed to the red Raw brand. Two years later, Lesnar won his first major title– The King of The Ring in 2002. After switching to the blue SmakDown brand, Lesnar at the age of 25 defeated the undisputed champion The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to become the youngest WWE Champion. The following year, Lesnar also became the youngest wrestler to win The Royal Rumble.
Lesnar’s reign at the top continued through until 2004 when he lost his championship defence to Eddie Guerrero. Following this, he took a break from the WWE to pursue a football career in the NFL. After an impressive performance at the NFL combine, Lesnar worked out with the Minnesota Vikings who named him as a defensive linebacker. However, a motorbike accident marred his performance during the preseason forcing him to be cut from the team before the start of the new season.
Lesnar then returned to pro wrestling, not the WWE but the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). After a brief period of success including winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Lesnar in 2006 made a foray into martial arts. He signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in October 2007. A year later in 2008, he won the UFC Heavyweight Championship and subsequently emerged as the UFC undisputed champion.
Lesnar first retired from the UFC in 2011, returning to the WWE the following year in 2012 signing a $5 million contract. While still signed to WWE, Lesnar returned to the UFC in 2016 when he won the record $2.5 million fight purse in his fight against Mark Hunt at the UFC 200. After failing two drug tests, Lesnar was fined $250,000 and suspended for a year to return in July 2017.
However, reports surfaced on his second retirement on February 14, 2017. Upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar defeated The Undertaker, ending his Wrestlemania winning streak. He defeated John Cena in 2014 to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt.
Brock Lesnar Net Worth, WWE, UFC Earnings
Brock Lesnar has earned substantially both from the WWE and UFC. He has participated in a number of pay-per-view matches in the UFC of which he gets a percentage cut of the total buys. In a 2011 survey by ESPN on the highest paid athletes in 30 sports, Lesnar emerged top as the highest paid UFC fighter with an income of $5.3 million earned from base salary and pay per view bonuses.
In the WWE, Lesnar in 2003 inked a contract that guaranteed him a base salary of $1 million, the highest at the time. Although Lesnar makes around 20 WWE appearances a year, his ability to surge viewership anytime he does make an appearance makes him a major draw.
He is rightly dubbed the most entertaining performer in the WWE. His 2012 contract was worth $5 million. Lesnar boosts his base salary by receiving a certain percentage of the pay-per-view matches proceeds of which he has staged a lot since his 2012 return. He also receives bonuses from the proceeds of merchandise sales. Lesnar’s achievements in the WWE and UFC have enabled him to accumulate a net worth of $22 million.
Brock Lesnar Wife, Kids, Family, House
Brock is married to a former fellow wrestler, turned model and actress who is known professionally as Sable but addressed formally as Rena Greek. The power couple live together as one happy family with their 4 kids on their farm styled house in Maryfield, Saskatchewan. They previously lived in a house worth $750,000 in Maple Plain, Minnesota.
Brock and Rena are proud parents of two sons named Turk and Duke Lesnar. They were born in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Lesnar also has a set of twins – a girl named Mya Lynn and a boy Luke. Both were born to him by his former fiancee Nicole McClain in 2002.
Height, Weight and Body Stats
Being an athlete whose success depends on his body build and height, Lesnar takes proper care of his body and have been known to stay out of the sports for almost a year when he was constantly battling with the wear and tear his body tissues are subjected to per appearance he makes in the ring.
He stands at 6.3 feet, weighing a powerful 129kg with a 54 inches chest measurement and 20 inches bicep measurement. He is undisputedly one of America’s fittest sportsmen and a role model for most upcoming wrestlers.