Brock Lesnar has fought his last title bout in the UFC.
What became immediately apparent in his fight with Cain Velasquez is that Brock Lesnar is Kimbo Slice with wrestling acumen. Fear not, you can leave your hate mail in the comments section below.
Granted, you must never count out the heart of a champion, I just believe that there are too many obstacles in the way of a Brock Lesnar return. Here's 10 reasons why he won't make it back to the top.
MMA and the UFC boast some of the fittest athletes in the world. They are in a sport of exact body movements and quick reactions, both physically and mentally.
Brock Lesnar has had only seven fights in the UFC. As we saw on Saturday, he has a lot to learn. Cain Velasquez had the right idea, when after the fight he relayed that he wanted just to improve and get better. Lesnar has remained what he has always been since he made his entrance into MMA. Through nine fights, he has not picked up another tool to fight with.
In Brock Lesnar's case it is a lack of striking that has put him into some precarious situations. He almost did not take care of Shane Carwin due to ineffective striking. With Velasquez, it was the main reason he relinquished his dominant stance early in the first round.
A UFC champion is always striving to become a complete fighter. By this time, we should have seen an improvement in Lesnar's striking.
What Brock Lesnar has come to mean is wrestling skills with a take-down ethic. What has become abundantly clear, though, is that is not enough.
When size and wrestling are ineffective, where does the former champion turn?
He has no other out than a single-minded game plan, which is no way to continue a career. You are big, we get it. Now hit someone.
UFC and MMA can beat size. Each fighter has their own way of besting behemoths like Brock Lesnar.
On Saturday, we saw a textbook example of talent and skill over brawn. Velasquez used speed and agility to get out of an early compromising situation. He then proceeded to box Lesnar to death. It was unclear by the end who was David and who was Goliath.
Brock Lesnar is not fond of getting pummeled. More than most fighters, he gets visibly shaken. As more heavyweight fighters hone their striking, the advantages Lesnar does bring to the table get diminished.
The Velasquez fight turned as soon as Cain Velasquez was able to get in some quality punches. As soon as he drew blood, Lesnar was reduced to throwing hay-makers. Any game plan he might have had at the beginning of the match was forgotten.
This slide may be more interesting than worrisome for MMA fans.
Brock Lesnar is a devout MMA athlete who will take the recent loss as a reason to train harder.
Then again, you can never count out the WWE, their purse strings and their ability to entertain.
Could the posted video clip between the Undertaker and Lesnar be a sign of things to come?
Probably not, but it is nice to think outside the box sometimes.
As Lesnar takes a brief respite from fighting, he will have to soon figure out his next opponent. The smart and obvious move is to get back on track by fighting a lesser opponent.
Pundits believe he will be set to fight Gabriel Gonzaga or Frank Mir. While both fighters have seen better days, they should not be counted out. While Lesnar's plans were to vacation and go hunting after the recent bout, you have to wonder if he phones this one in.
He must use this chance to work on the holes in his game. If he goes in with the same skill set, he could be in trouble, even against these two.
Shane Carwin had Brock Lesnar. The problem is, Carwin allowed the fight to go past the first round, something he had not previously done in his victories. That is where size took over and Carwin had to work overtime.
Until then, we saw the game plan of pounding Lesnar with strikes work magnificently. A rematch may go differently this time around.
Junior Dos Santos may be the second best heavyweight around. What he does well is box. So the matchup between him and Velasquez has me licking my chops.
However, if Dos Santos loses that match, you have to believe that he will be pitted against Brock Lesnar.
That bout could have rematch repercussions with the victor again fighting Velasquez at some point. Dos Santos and Velasquez boast similar skill sets. With that in mind, I do not see him beating Dos Santos.
But if Cain Velasquez falters, it will be him fighting Lesnar to get back into a title bout. So you would have a rematch of Saturday's match.
How can I see it going any other way?
Brock Lesnar's deficiencies as a fighter are highlighted when going against an elite pugilist. The only thing that would change about a rematch with Velasquez is that Cain would be better and Lesnar would be older.