The Next Big Thing Is Now: Brock Lesnar Controls the UFC Heavyweights

Anthony HammettCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar holds down Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar defeated Mir by a second round knockout.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Professional wrestlers are not real athletes.

I have heard it all my life. They are just glorified stuntmen who read a script and go out and act out their role and exit the stage. They get a big paycheck and get on a plane and go do their play the next night in another town.

For people who think this, meet Brock Lesnar.

The former champion in Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation is putting all the doubters to rest one win at a time.

His popularity in the scripted world of wrestling prompted Lesnar an immediate chance to climb the heavyweight ranks of the UFC. This has upset some fans, as they feel his name got him spots above other contenders who had been training and fighting for longer.

He may not have deserved the opportunity, but he has taken advantage of it and never looked back.

Lesnar destroyed one small crony before meeting up with Frank Mir the first time. It had a pretty good buildup, and although it wasn't the main event, it had fan's interest.

Lesnar was aggressive early in that fight and opened some eyes. A supposed illegal shot to the head prompted the referee to stand the two back up, which lead to Mir making Lesnar tap out with a kneebar.

Since that fight, Lesnar has calmed his aggressiveness just a tad and waited for his moment to strike rather than just bullrush his opponent.

Before UFC 100, Mir said in interviews that he hoped Lesnar had the same strategy as before. In reality, this is because Mir realized that was his only chance. If he did not catch Brock in a big mistake, Lesnar was going to have his way with Mir. He did just that.

It was obvious from the start of round one who would control the fight. Mir was bleeding before round one was over and was taken down with ease by Lesnar whenever the two stood up.

It is scary to think about the potential of Brock Lesnar in MMA at this point. It is going to be hard for any heavyweight to match his strength. They can match the weight and size, but no one has his technique and upper body strength. It's going to take Brock making a mistake as a fighter for him to go down.

Everyone wants to see Fedor/Lesnar, but we all know that won't happen unless Fedor goes exclusively with UFC. Time will tell if that will happen. But, if it doesn't, get ready to watch a long run of Brock Lesnar dominating, whether you like him or not. Frankly, he doesn't care. He wants you to hate him. Just ask him.