Over the last few weeks, more has happened in the heavyweight division than in the last few years.
This past weekend saw the highly anticipated (and long overdue) bout between Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar.
During the first round Carwin went for his trademark finish which has made him so popular amongst MMA fans–finish opponents within the first round.
Carwin is the heaviest hitter in the division, no questions asked, and he lived up to that statement when he had Lesnar reeling at the opening of the round.
While watching the bout I said to someone three times, "that's it, it's over" (even though Lesnar was still moving) because I felt the fatal blow for Lesnar was pending.
To my amazement, Lesnar had survived the early onslaught of 78, 5XL power punches dished out by Carwin.
After spending 2:38 underneath Carwin, where many other fighters have failed and given in under this immense amount of pressure, Lesnar managed to power his way back to his feet and hold Carwin against the cage until the end of the round.
While Carwin was in his corner, his facial expressions told us that Carwin is suffering from either an adrenaline dump or severe fatigue as he struggled to lift his arm to get water.
Carwin did become a zombie by the 2nd round. He remained flat footed and had little movement in the stand up. At this point Lesnar was able to complete the last of his two takedown attempts and easily pass from half guard, to full mount, transition to side control and pull off an arm triangle choke. This shows the great conditioning of Lesnar and his ability to weather early, brutal storms that a man like Carwin can inflict.
The debate goes on whether if it was any other referee the fight would of been stopped. One must look at it from Josh Rosenthal's point of view. If you watch Lesnar while being mauled by Carwins 5XL gloves, you see he remains active, trying for wrist control, trying to keep Carwin at bay, and the occasional slap to the face (slap is being generous) but all of which is a sign that a fighter is still fully aware, mobile, able to intelligently defending himself, looking to improve his position etc.
If the bout was Carwin's via first round TKO, it would of raised much more of a heated debate weather Lesnar could/would of survived.
After the bout, Carwin was sent to hospital, as stated by Dana White which I found very peculiar because Carwin had dished out far more punishment upon Lesnar, yet Lesnar only received treatment for his cuts on both eyes (to which then I thought a trip to the hospital for head trauma).
What White did not state in the post-fight press conference was that Carwin was suffering from exhaustion and devastation induced hyperventilation.
In all honesty I think the Lesnar-Carwin bout answered more questions than it raised in regards to Lesnar's heart, chin and conditioning.
Yes, Lesnar is a one dimensional fighter, we knew Carwin would have the huge advantage in the stand up, I just think people didnt expect Carwin to blow out his entire gas tank in the first round.
If Carwin didn't impose his will early in the first round, would we have seen much of a difference? Would Lesnar be reeling? At this time we cannot say. All we can say that Lesnar showed great composure, and did what he had to do and that was to win the fight with no room for debate.
Fedor's drop in ranking came as no surprise, because one knew his loss would be the result of his own demise. For many, many years now, the UFC has occupied the majority of slots in the heavyweight rankings directly behind Fedor–more recently the majority of which Fedor had not faced.
As time as gone on, the gap between Fedor and the highest ranked opponent in his organization as continued to drop lower and lower which is why many MMA fans began to question his legitimacy as the No. 1 heavyweight. His loss was only a matter of time, but because the fact is Werdum was still not the best challenge available to Fedor at the time—Overeem was.
The point one is making is that if Fedor lost to Werdum if he was No. 3, Fedor probably would still have remained at No. 1 but because he's lost to someone so far down the rankings, it has severely dented his status—worse than anticipated.
One cannot deny Fedor's past accomplishments, he is one hell of a fighter but times are rapidly changing and so are the fighters and with this comes the passing of the torch.
Will Fedor ever be the no.1 heavyweight again?
In many MMA fans eyes he still is, others believe his dethrone at the top has been long overdue. Either way, the heavyweight division's outlook is very bright indeed.