This is my first MMA article. So what better topic than one of the most discussed, loved, and hated figures in the sport.
When you read that, what did it do?
I am assuming you distinctly felt one of two feelings. I don't think I have met anyone in between. Fans love him or hate him, for a number of their own reasons. I have to say, most of the MMA world has as much passion and love for the fighters they love to love, as well as love to hate, than any sport on the planet.
So let the Stages begin.
You absolutely do not want to hear about this man, his WWE days disgust you, his wins are not impressive, and you feel he undeservedly got a shot at the title, twice. Also you feel he is almost mocking the UFC with his antics, and making it out to be a non-credible joke that Dana White is cashing in on and selling his soul. You deny he is the Champion.
Brock is getting more press than he deserves, and is developing this following of fans and once again does not deserve it. What has he proven? Who has he beaten? Why the hell is everyone labeling him the "Freak of Nature" that is going to be unstoppable and go down as one of the greats? Your anger continues to grow as he is continuing to develop and hone his skills.
You begin to rationalize, Brock is not that bad. He may become a legend in this sport that I love, and cannot get enough of. I mean really, how can this much press be bad for MMA? You begin compare him to "Drago" from Rocky IV, you despised him, knew he was everything you stood against, he killed Apollo Creed! But you know he is the benchmark, and you are still scared to death of him. But as it goes on, deep down inside, maybe you are developing a slight respect for him. Am I talking about Drago or Brock? I cant recall...
The internal strife you are experiencing for this fighter isn't like anything you have felt before. It's beginning to take its toll, you cannot watch any MMA event without feeling like this black cloud is hanging over you, that cloud is Brock, reminding you he is there, and waiting to prove to you he deserves all he has. You must accept his abilities, attributes, and what he brings to the table for MMA, you are just not ready to. Brock is going to hold on to the belt for a while, and deep down you were hoping that Mir would of got lucky, a second time.
You accept the fact that Brock is going to be champion for sometime to come. He does have the collegiate wrestling back round that anyone would be proud of and is continuing to become a student of the sport. Brock is willing to fight anyone, and is going to be tested any chance anyone gets. He almost had a shot at "The Last Emperor", and had Fedor not punked out, that would of gone down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest fight ever. The Shane Carwin fight is going to be a huge event for this sport, and I think ALL of the MMA world is waiting to see how Brock is going to handle him.
You begin to realize that without Brock, maybe this sport would be lacking the person we all need to love to hate, or love to watch.
Thanks for the read, and even of you don't agree with some of these stages, you are lying to yourself if you have not experienced at least two.