UFC 116: Five Reasons Why Lesnar vs. Carwin Will Break One Million PPV Buys
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are just under a week away from a true clash of the titans. At UFC 116, we will see two monsters do battle in order to settle who is the baddest man in UFC's Heavyweight Division.
This event has the makings of breaking 1 million Pay - Per - View buys. Doubtful? Here are five reasons why.
Honorable Mention - Randy Couture
It is a known fact that Brock Lesnar has a lot of respect for Randy Couture. It all started back at UFC 91, when Lesnar was able to defeat The Natural for the title.
Recently, the web has been all a buzz about Lesnar's recent training sessions with this legend of MMA.
While not making the top 5, this definitely gets an honorable mention nod due to the curiosity of these two men pairing up and training together. The old lion teaching the young lion some new tricks adds some serious intensity to the upcoming match up on July 3rd.
1. Fedor's Loss
The MMA Heavyweight Landscape was changed drastically on June 26th, 2010. This marked the day that the legendary Fedor finally fell. Through what I will call the "Werdum Miracle" , there is now a question about who the top Heavyweight is now.
This epic collapse couldn't have come at a better time for UFC 116 in which the top two Heavyweights in the promotion will go for what now looks like two crowns.
2. A Nasty Little Thing Called Diverticulitis
This digestive disease is what sidelined Brock Lesnar for the last part of 2009. Originally, the Carwin - Lesnar fight was supposed to take place back at UFC 106 in October, but Lesnar was in no shape to take on an opponent of Carwin's caliber.
What this allowed for, is time for the great build up to begin. There was speculation if Brock would be back at all, and then upon his return how well would he recover from this illness?
All of these questions caused the MMA Community to go crazy with buzz about when this fight could happen.
3. Lesnar is a Proven Draw
Let's face it, Dana White took a gamble on bringing Brock Lesnar into the UFC. It was a huge gamble, and it paid off big time.
With Lesnar's prior role as a WWE champion, he came into MMA with a built in fan base.
At UFC 100, which was Lesnar's most recent fight, there were over 1.5 Million Pay - Per - View buys, and as this Man - Beast continues to grow as a fighter, I can't see why his return to the Octagon wouldn't be able to generate the same revenue if not more.
4. Carwin Makes For The Perfect Opponent
Shane Carwin is the best thing to ever happen to Brock Lesnar. He serves as the perfect opponent to match up against Lesnar's physical abilities; and will push him in a way that every champion needs in order to be considered a great fighter.
This man will not be bullied, has a great chin, and can practically break cinder blocks with his punches. The anticipation of Carwin possibly defeating Lesnar with a knockout blow has many MMA fans drooling to see this fight happen.
5. The Tyson Effect
In the late 80's Mike Tyson was the baddest man in boxing. Everyone he fought was beaten before they even stepped into the ring.
As many fans that he had back in those days, there were just as many people who wanted to see this great fighter fall.
Then one February night in Japan, James "Buster" Douglas stood against this man. He stood fearless and he stood strong. He became what everyone wanted.. a chance to take out the villain.
20 years later another man stands fearless and strong. 20 Years later there is another villain that seems unbeatable, who a many would love to see taken down a peg.
On July 3rd there will be millions who tune in to see a battle of epic proportions, and I am just glad to say that I will be one of them.