Brock Lesnar (Photo: sports.directorzcut.com)
UFC 81: Breaking Point – Las Vegas, Nev. – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Feb. 2, 2008
Brock Lesnar debuted in the Octagon at UFC 81, losing to Frank Mir in 90 seconds on Super Bowl weekend.
The former NCAA and WWE champion lost a point for striking Mir in the back of the head before tapping out to a kneebar.
Lesnar’s debut drew 600,000 pay-per-view buys, and he would later capture the UFC heavyweight championship. This gave Lesnar even more credibility when he went back to the WWE.
Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera captured the UFC interim heavyweight title by defeating Tim Sylvia with a guillotine choke in Round 3. Big Nog became the first man to hold heavyweight titles in PRIDE and UFC.