Lesnar vs. Overeem: Was Brock That Bad or Alistair That Good?

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Brock Lesnar suffered an embarrassing defeat after being kicked in the stomach by a lethal Alistair Overeem kick that send him doubled over to the canvas.

While it was a great showing by Overeem, this fight had far more to do with Lesnar's ineptitude in the Octagon.

Lesnar wasn't ready to come back, and he made that abundantly clear by embarrassing himself in the very first round.

His swift retirement immediately following his defeat points to just how bad Lesnar's medical condition is. It's not the guy's fault, but crowning Overeem king of the world for taking down Lesnar is ridiculous.

He didn't take down Lesnar while "the baddest man on the planet" was at the height of his MMA game.

Overeem isn't coasting to a heavyweight title. He certainly deserves a shot, but it's far too premature to suggest that he's now the best fighter in the division.

Junior dos Santos still carries that mantle, and this fight did nothing to suggest that Overeem is going to come in and roll the current heavyweight champ if and when the two square off.

It's impossible to take anything away from Overeem after a job well done, but this fight said far more about how badly Lesnar regressed than how dominant Overeem is.

Lesnar's career is now over, but don't think for a second that it was one nasty kick from Overeem that sent him into retirement.