"I think it's a bunch of bulls---. The fights that I've gotten hit, I've stood and banged with Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir -- I've taken a lot of shots. I mean, Shane Carwin. And I've yet to be knocked out. I had refs stop a fight for a submission and a TKO, which is a referee stoppage. I've never been knocked out cold."
-- Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar emphatically responds to a question from Sports Illustrated that questioned the mountain of a man's critics who say he has an inability to take a punch. Lesnar contends that he has yet to be put to sleep after being hit by some of the best heavyweights on the promotion's roster, which should be enough to prove his harshest critics wrong. At UFC 116, the former WWE star survived an onslaught of punches that had him backpedaling inside the Octagon by one of the most dangerous and powerful strikers in the heavyweight division, Shane Carwin. Lesnar absorbed everything Carwin could "Engineer" and proceeded to submit him in the second round after he was unable to capitalize with his vicious ground-and-pound. Three months later, Lesnar lost his UFC heavyweight strap to Cain Velasquez via technical knockout. The former All-American collegiate wrestling standout will have a chance to prove his critics wrong yet again on Dec. 30, 2011, at UFC 141, when he collides with arguably one of the best heavyweight strikers in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) -- former K-1 Grand Prix champion, Alistair Overeem. Will Lesnar be able to absorb the heavy bombs that surely await him when he steps up against "The Demolition Man?" Or will Overeem be the first to put Lesnar to sleep with his proven punching power?