Watching Brock Lesnar get beaten on last Saturday night taught us a few things:
1- Lesnar has more holes in his game than we thought.
2- He needs a change ASAP.
What kind of change you ask? Well it's simple really, he needs to actually start working with a camp outside of his own. Now while Deathclutch may be great for the former champ from the stand point of convenience, it's actually stunting his growth as a fighter dramatically.
Each time that I have watched these UFC Primetime specials which feature Brock, it seems like the same old scenario. Lesnar charging in on someone much smaller, or pudgier, and pounding them into the mat with ease or his trainers and sparring partners practically gushing about how athletic their beast is.
Well that's all well and good, but the formula that is Brock Lesnar has finally been solved and it is now time to go back to the drawing board.
With that said, the first item on the agenda to rebuild is to seek out the guidance of a man named Greg Jackson of Jackson's Martial Arts. Why him you ask? Well let the folks at B/R show you.
Yeah sure, he looks tough here but lets be honest; if Shane Carwin hadn't punched himself into fatigue during the first round of their UFC 116 matchup, we would have seen a whole different set of fighters last weekend.
Now there is no magic potion that allows you to take a good shot to the dome, but at least with Jackson's help he will be able to get Brock comfortable with the notion that this is a combat sport, and you can't turtle up every time someone lands a fist on your face.
Saying that Brock is big would be an understatement. Are there bigger and taller men than him? Yes of course but most are either in the NBA or NFL. In the nearly 17 year history of the UFC, there has never been a man of his stature that has the raw athleticism suited for combat in the way that he does.
He just needs to learn how to control it better, and Greg Jackson is the man to do it. He is used to taking raw lumps of clay and crafting them into finer instruments of battle. A perfect example of this would be Light Heavyweight standout Jon Jones.
Jones had the raw ability prior to working with Jackson's camp, but is now moving to a level where few would be able to even touch him, and Jackson can accomplish the same with Brock as long as the former pro wrestler can keep an open mind.
With a who's who of MMA superstars in his rolodex ranging from Shane Carwin to GSP, Brock can have his pic of elite level training partners that would offer him a level of skill that he wouldn't be used to and hence that will make him better as a fighter.
The sport is about evolution and he is clearly not going to get that facing off against primarily former collegiate wrestlers.
Ultimately Brock needs to change his environment a little. Sure, he can still train with Death Clutch for some fine tuning, but ultimately he needs to be with some fighters and trainers other than what he's known.
If anyone knows a thing or two about how refusing to change camps can kill your career it would be Tito Ortiz. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy stuck with his own self made Team Punishment camp for years and it cost him dearly because basically if you're the best guy in your gym and there is no one around to push you, how will you ever get better as a fighter?
Being part of a great camp has so many benefits, just ask Cain Velasquez.
Right now Greg Jackson is actually serving as the defacto coach for Team GSP on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter.
St.-Pierre is simply a high priced, high level training partner, and he fully admits that because its simply better to have a man like Greg Jackson in your corner while you get more 1 on 1 time with your team.
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