When Brock Lesnar made his UFC debut against fellow Heavyweight Frank Mir, his impact was immediately felt by both MMA fans nationwide, and Mir himself.
One minute and thirty seconds later, Lesnar had his short, stellar outing ended by a kneebar from Mir. And so the learning experience began.
Since that outing, Lesnar has demolished Heath Herring and UFC legend Randy Couture, en route to the UFC Heavyweight Championship belt.
Mir has also done well for himself since the bout with Lesnar, defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to gain the UFC interim Heavyweight Championship.
However, come this July at UFC 100, there will be only one unified champion, and this slideshow will tell MMA fans why that champion will be Brock Lesnar.
"I’m going to finish this fight on the ground the way it should have been finished last time and walk out with my UFC heavyweight championship belt around my waist."
-Brock Lesnar on facing Frank Mir at UFC 100
As the picture shows, Lesnar had no problem taking down Mir in the first bout, and the same could and likely should happen in the rematch.
Lesnar's size and pure body mass allows him to bull-rush opponents with ease, and take them down no matter how large they are (see Heath Herring).
The only problem Lesnar has with finishing fights from the bottom is his lack of strength from that position.
What? Yes, his lack of strength in that position. This was evident in his decision win over Heath Herring, where Lesnar's true power was not on display with minor hammer fists and body shots.
His best chance of defeating Mir from the ground is with space, as shown in the picture.
Ask Heath Herring if Lesnar's stand up is effective. If he can remember, he'll say yes.
Lesnar's fights with Herring and Couture showed that even big men can throw effective punches, albeit slower, less technical punches.
With very little flash and technique, Lesnar battered Herring over three rounds, with an opening punch that resulted in Herring's picture shown in this slide.
Though Couture had less visible marks, he compared Lesnar's hands to big ham hocks. Enough said.
When in doubt, brute it out. That's the mentality Lesnar will have to have going into his fight with Mir, knowing that no matter what, he maintains a muscle advantage over Mir, and for that matter, a distinct weight advantage.
Come fight night, Lesnar will likely weigh somewhere around 290 lbs whereas Mir will be at 265 lbs at the most. Lesnar can use that extra 25 lbs to do as he pleases, and he will.
While I see Mir putting up a very valiant effort against a rising star such as Lesnar, I can't see Lesnar losing this one the same way he did before to Mir.
He's evolved a bit as a fighter, and I would like to think that he also has learned from his mistake(s).
I can see Lesnar taking this anywhere from first round TKO to a decision, but I don't expect it to make it past the third round, and if it does, advantage Mir.
Regardless, expect the former WWE prodigy to maintain his belt, and set up future super fights.