by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday night in Cincinnati announced the acquisition of one of the most desired free agents in the mixed martial arts market, Brock Lesnar.
“I don’t think there are any other pro wrestlers that can make the transition to MMA, except for Brock Lesnar,” said UFC president Dana White. “And if you look at his amateur wrestling credentials, his size, and what he’s done, this guy can end up being a force in the heavyweight division of the UFC.”
In a brief interview with commentator Joe Rogan at UFC 77, Lesnar stated, “I finally made the big time baby.”
Lesnar only has one professional MMA fight to his credit, a win over Min Soo Kim at K-1 Dynamite!! USA in Los Angeles, but he has 18 years of amateur wrestling in his background including a National Collegiate Athletic Association national title. He also has extensive training in MMA.
“I’ve been training about two years now for this sport,” said Lesnar. “I’ve always loved this sport. I’ve always wanted to participate in it (and) I’m on the battleship, the U.S.S. UFC.”
At the UFC 77 post-fight press conference, White indicated that Lesnar could possibly debut on the promotion’s Feb. 2 event in Las Vegas, but no opponent has been determined.