With only seven professional fights to his credit, Brock Lesnar is likely the only top heavyweight contender with as much room left to grow as he has. The powerhouse wrestler came into the game with essentially one path to victory: take his opponent down and pound them through the mat. Over the course of his career, we’ve seen him develop more complete striking defense as well as add legitimate submission skills to his already stout ground game.
Coming back from the second long, diverticulitis-forced layoff of his short career, Lesnar has put a specific focus on that kind of evolution and adaptation, since he rightly sees it as the only way to stay at the forefront of this sport.
“I’ve had plenty of time to train and getting healthy has once again motivated me. I’ve been able to work on a lot of different things. This is a sport that you have to evolve in and you have to get better if you’re going to stay on top in this organization.”
Lesnar will take on fellow giant and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem next Friday at UFC 141 and has been shoring up his overall game in order to be his best come fight night.
“Well, we’ve put lots of hours in the Octagon in training,” he said. “Lots of sparring, grappling, lot of jiu-jitsu sessions. It definitely hasn’t been a lack of trying here. I’m coming into this fight – I’m excited for it and I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon.”
After all, the competitive former champion knows that to get back to the belt he once held, he’ll have to wade through a division full of killers – and he’ll need to be in top form to do it.
“This is a dog eat dog division,” Lesnar said. “It’s definitely getting more competitive, so I’ve got to be more competitive.”
UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem goes down on Friday, December 30, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.