“O brave new world
That has such people in’t"
No doubt, when Shakespeare wrote those fateful words, since made famous by Aldous Huxley, he never meant them to apply to a 270-plus, lightning quick, physical freak such as Brock Lesnar. However, at no time in the history of the UFC has Miranda’s speech in the Tempest so aptly applied to the landscape of MMA.
We’ve reached a new era in the UFC. A champion, who combines unique physical gifts with strong technique and undeniable ability, reigns in every weight class.
Look into a crystal ball. Twenty-four months from now, doesn’t it still make sense that B.J. Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, and Brock Lesnar would still be on top? Has that ever happened?
Besides Lesnar, who is learning on the job, and Penn, whose preparation has been questioned from time to time, St-Pierre, Silva, and Machida are unique in that they have punctuated their title reigns with matches in which they inflict maximum damage upon their opponents while receiving little to none.
Here’s a quick look at the champions that will dominate the UFC for the foreseeable future.