After all that has transpired since Brock Lesnar solidified his championship heavyweight title, I have been plagued with doubts about the man.
Apparently, I am not alone.
The Internet is clogged with articles about Lesnar's win, his brash behavior afterward, and the "attitude adjustment" administered by his mentor and boss, Dana White.
Now it is a fact that, as an individual, Lesnar is a massive, thick-headed brute, the stuff nightmares of unbearable bullies are made of and which exist in all of our collective pasts.
His size is more than enough to strike terror in a grown man, weakening his very spine.
What it took for the smaller and lighter Frank Mir to face him in the octagon was the stuff that has made legendary warriors throughout history. A smaller man facing what seems to be an unbeatable foe, mustering all his courage and determination.
No one who viewed the fight could doubt the bravery that propelled Mir into the cage.
Though he did not win, he tried very hard to bring down the massive giant.
What shocked the arena full of MMA's finest fans was how the "winner" behaved after his lopsided victory.
He remained bestial in his manner, turned on his honorable opponent with scorn and ridiculed him where he had fallen. So boorish was he that he gave the rude single-fingered salute using both hands to his audience, emphasizing his disdain of the boos and catcalls.
If he had many fans present, he converted them to enemies with his slavering mouth as he spewed froth at them through the cage in his derision and anger. Ugly acts of anger from the fighter who had just claimed the much-coveted golden belt.
After insulting a major sponsor and degrading his own wife, who recently had given birth to his first son, he ended his abusive tantrum. An overgrown kindergartner storming off in a rage!
At the post-fight press conference, he owned up to his bad behavior and offered a contrite apology to the press, fans, and sponsor. But, really, is Brock Lesnar a big enough man to have gotten the real message?
He may think twice about f'ing with the fans, sponsors, and Dana White, who is more or less this big dog's master, but what did he learn about the MMA?
Did this teach him anything about sportsmanship and honoring his victim's valiant efforts?
Is he man enough to "get the real point?"
MMA fans idealize the fighters who show respect for each other after a match.
Yes, they both are fighting to win, but having won they return the dignity and soul to their fellow fighter.
Acknowledging your rival for his performance is what true fans of the sport have come to expect of their heroes.
And the bigger the contest, the more prestige goes to the winner, but not if he disrespects the sport by disrespecting his rival.
There but for the Grace of God...
That is what the fans want to see.
Humility and honor!