I wanted him to beat Lesnar with some 10th Planet, next generation submission with a silly name like the Electric Chair or the Douche Bag.
I’m not a big Frank Mir fan, but I needed him to win his second fight with Lesnar so I could maintain my faith in what Royce Gracie sold me when he choked and arm barred his way to three UFC tournament victories back in the mid nineties.
I’m also not a Brock Lesnar hater. I love the WWE, and I definitely don’t hold his former employment against his legitimacy.
He steps into the cage.
The door closes.
He fights just like every other competitor in MMA.
Unfortunately, he’s winning – easily. And the story that is being told is “Big Guy Smashes Little Guy”. This isn’t Lesnar’s fault. He’s doing what makes sense. He’s using one of the smart formulas for dominating in the UFC: cut as much weight as possible for the weigh in, take guy down, push guy against cage, hammer fist, rinse and repeat.
There are more UFC champions that have used this formula than there are that haven’t. It’s just that no one has ever used it to this extreme. I’m bored with this, especially with Brock Lesnar.
I watched him physically dominate Heath Herring. I was excited when Randy Couture was able to use his experience and superior Greco-Roman skill to control Lesnar, but then “Hulk no like!” and the fight was over.
Herring has never had great grappling skills and he’s on the downside of his career. Couture may have weighed 225 lbs. soaking wet, holding a brick, and he’s forty-six years old. Frank Mir was a reborn fighter who had already submitted Brock Lesnar, but it was a trick, just like all jiu-jitsu. A mistake has to happen before a submission hold is possible.
Lesnar is arrogant and has seriously questionable taste in tattoos, but he’s not stupid.
Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.
Brock hit the Octagon allegedly weighing more than 290lbs. He knew how to avoid a knee bar and he used his formula of bigness. Mir never had a chance.
Lesnar is just too big, too strong, and too fast, and he’ll do the exact same thing to Fedor Emelianenko if Fedor signs with the UFC (in a ring it’s a totally different fight).
The whole point of UFC 1 was to prove that technique can overcome size and strength.
That’s why Royce fought instead of Rickson. Since then there have been moves and counter moves between how to attack and defend, how to stay standing and how to get a guy on the ground, but everything had to do with better technique.
Not anymore, and not with Brock Lesnar.
He’s Shaquille O’Neal playing one on one with Kobe Bryant. Kobe’s skills are useless against Shaq’s size.
Lesnar is a great wrestler, and that means he has technique, but at the end of the day he’s 50 lbs. heavier than the guy across from him. That’s just boring, and it’s killing MMA for me.
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