UFC Hall of Fame: Does Current WWE Star Brock Lesnar Belong with MMA's Best?

Jonathan Snowden@JESnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterJuly 18, 2012

Brock Lesnar, despite having just seven fights in the UFC, was one of the most popular and controversial fighters in the history of the promotion. From his debut in 2008 to his retirement at the end of 2011, Lesnar made a mark on the UFC heavyweight division that won't soon be forgotten.

Lesnar made the most of the few moments he had, rebounding from a loss to Frank Mir at UFC 81 with four consecutive wins. He took the UFC title from the legendary Randy Couture and smashed Mir in a rematch.

It was that second fight with Mir that solidified Lesnar as the UFC's top all-time drawing card, setting a company record for most pay-per-view buys that still stands. When Brock Lesnar fought, people took notice. He polarized fans who either loved him or hated him. No one was ambivalent.

Lesnar retired with a 5-3 record last year after a long battle with diverticulitis. We'll never know what Lesnar might have been had he started his career immediately after winning an NCAA title in 2000, or how far he could have taken his career if illness hadn't robbed him of his ability to train and prepare properly for bouts. 

Above, Bleacher Report lead writers Jonathan Snowden and Jeremy Botter debate Lesnar's place in UFC history. Are the financial windfalls he almost single-handedly brought to the UFC enough to earn him a place in the UFC's Hall of Fame? Or is his meager record enough to keep him out?

Watch the video and then give us your thoughts: Is Brock Lesnar a Hall of Famer? 

Related

    Fedor Not Worried About Sonnen Talk or Mir's Size

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Fedor Not Worried About Sonnen Talk or Mir's Size

    MMA Fighting
    via MMA Fighting

    Jones to Gus: Beat You Thanks to 'Big Old American Balls'

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Jones to Gus: Beat You Thanks to 'Big Old American Balls'

    Simon Samano
    via MMAjunkie

    Matt Brown Doesn't Fear Pain Pills in Recovery

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Matt Brown Doesn't Fear Pain Pills in Recovery

    Steven Marrocco
    via MMAjunkie

    Alvarez Questions Legitimacy of Khabib's Title

    MMA logo
    MMA

    Alvarez Questions Legitimacy of Khabib's Title

    MMA Fighting
    via MMA Fighting