Ask a U.F.C. Fighter


The Ultimate Fighting Championship (a mixed martial arts organization) began in the early 1990’s with the motto “There Are No Rules!” but a variety of fouls have since been established:

1. Butting with the head.
2. Eye gouging of any kind.
3. Biting.
4. Hair pulling.
5. Fish hooking.
6. Groin attacks of any kind.
7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
8. Small joint manipulation.
9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
12. Clawing, pinching, or twisting the flesh.
13. Grabbing the clavicle.
14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
21. Spitting at an opponent.
22. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
23. Holding the ropes or the fence.
24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece, or faking an injury.
30. Interference by the corner.
31. Throwing in the towel during competition.

Like boxing in the early 1900’s, mixed martial arts have been banned in certain cities, and John McCain once called them “human cockfighting.”

But when the sport went prime-time in March, it pulled higher TV ratings than the Stanley Cup Finals.

Here’s how Forbes sums up the Ultimate Fighting Championship league: “a Las Vegas company that started as a smutlike fight club that’s now worth maybe $1 billion and is drawing competitors like flies to blood.”

Brock Lesnar will be one of those competitors in his matchup tomorrow with Heath Herring in Lesnar’s hometown of Minneapolis. After winning an N.C.A.A. wrestling championship in 2000 and then starring in the W.W.E., Lesnar briefly played football (a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings) but said he found his calling in mixed martial arts in 2006. After a win over Min Soo Kim in his pro debut, Lesnar entered the U.F.C. in February.

He is married to Sable, another former female W.W.E. wrestler. They often joke about who gets more autograph requests at U.F.C. events.

Lesnar has agreed to take your questions, so fire away. As with past Q&A’s, we will post his answers here in short time.

Addendum: Lesnar answers your questions here.

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  1. discordian says:

    Clearly your job is dealing in and with pain…what kind of (non critical) pain actually bothers you? Papercuts? Headaches? Biting the inside of your Cheek?
    Example – I can take pulled muscles, bruises, and cuts and shrug them off but something as trivial as cracked skin on the corners of my thumbs in dry winter weather drives me nuts.

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  2. Blake Himsl Hunter says:

    I know this is a stupid question, but how does it feel to have an action figure/toy based on yourself?

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  3. huh says:

    13. Grabbing the clavicle.
    I guess Spock is SOL

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  4. Ben says:

    After your first fight in the UFC, which you dominated right up until you were submitted, have you decided to put more effort in to training for grappling? What are the trade-offs involved if you choose to focus on training for stand-up fighting & ground-and-pound vs. grappling and tactical fighting, and vice versa?

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  5. Jason says:

    If you and Kurt Angle were the same size and weight and got into the octogon, who would win? What about a NCAA wrestling match?

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  6. Jason says:

    What will you do/Where will you go if you lose tomorrow night? UFC doesn’t want a bunch of losers hangin’ around. However, you are still one of the top eye grabbers with such a HUGE name in the WWE and UFC world.

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  7. Jason says:

    Have you ever read Freakonomics? Do you think your wife, Rena, could take out “Crush” from Elite XC?

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  8. Speedmaster says:

    I’m a big fan of martial arts, particularly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. While I still enjoy MMA, I prefer the earlier days when I think there were no weight classes or time limits, much more realistic, imho.

    My questions:

    1. Do you think UFC will continue to be the premiere MMA promotion?

    2. What is the prevalence of steroids in MMA? UFC in particular?

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