UFC signs Lesnar

CINCINNATI - Brock Lesnar is headed to the UFC. The UFC issued a release just before the start of the heavyweight match between Brandon Vera and Tim Sylvia at UFC 77 at U.S. Bank Arena announcing Lesnar's signing.

The former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion and ex-WWE champion, is making the transition to mixed martial arts. He won his MMA debut in June when he submitted Min Soo Kim in 69 seconds at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

"If you want to go with the NFL of the fighting game, it's the UFC and it was an easy choice for me," Lesnar said in a UFC news release. "Obviously, I don't think I'm ready for a title shot right away, but I will be there. I'm not going to turn down any opponent because I'm here to prove myself.

"I'm not here to pick and choose my fights. I'll fight whomever they want. I don't make the fights. That's not my job. I've got one job to do and that's to fight."

UFC president Dana White praised Lesnar's skill and took a backhanded shot at another ex-WWE star, Kurt Angle, who has considered a move to MMA.

"I don't think there are any other pro wrestlers who can make the transition to MMA except for Brock Lesnar," White said in the release. "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."