Despite troubling the former heavyweight champion early on with some vicious ground and pound, Lesnar fell foul to a knee bar and was submitted 90 seconds into the match.
More interesting than his pro wrestling background is his outstanding amateur wrestling pedigree. He’ll be relying on this come Saturday to enable him to pin Herring and rain down blows for the TKO win.
Lesnar’s trainer Greg Nelson revealed he has been working on his submission awareness, boxing and dirty boxing and that the former WWE man takes in information at a phenomenal rate. He’ll need all of those skills to ensure he doesn’t drop two in a row and risk his longevity as a marquee fighter.
Herring on the other hand is a vastly more experienced fighter than Lesnar - in fact, he has fought interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira more times than Lesnar has had pro fights!
Despite having mixed fortunes over the last few years Herring is said to have re-dedicated himself to the sport and his decision victory over top contender Cheik Kongo at UFC 73 showed some evidence of this.
At best he is an aggressive heavy hitter standing, good at dishing out punishment from the top and avoiding punishment on the bottom. He’s also said to have worked hard improving his Muay Thai although against Lesnar I’d expect this to be evidenced in the clinch.
Lesnar has a lot of pressure on him coming into this bout. As mentioned before he doesn’t want to go 0-2 in the UFC and he is also fighting in front of his home crowd against a much more experienced fighter.
Brock deserves credit for wanting to test himself but I feel that Herring will be too much for him on the night. Herring has dispatched fighters such as Tom Erikson and Mark Kerr who were both big wrestlers and ground ‘n’ pound artists of their time and he should overcome Lesnar.
I think that Lesnar will get on top of Herring but he won’t be able to finish him. Herring will weather the storm and, as Lesnar starts to tire, pile on the punishment. Getting used to getting hit is not something that can be learnt quickly and Herring will win by TKO in the second or third round.