Brock Lesnar Leaving UFC Reports: Why UFC Will Be Okay Without Him
Brock Lesnar may be leaving the UFC according to recent reports, but the UFC will be just fine without him if there is any basis to these claims.
While this seems more like a way of Lesnar trying to gain leverage in negotiations, Lesnar could very well leave the sport for good. Until we hear it from his mouth, we will never be sure if this is in fact his intent.
Should Lesnar leave the UFC, they may experience a temporary setback, but they will be okay without him in the long run.
10. Separation Between MMA and WWE
Brock Lesnar parlayed a successful career in WWE into an eventual career in the UFC.
MMA inexplicably gets grouped with the WWE, and having a former champion from the WWE make great strides in the UFC certainly doesn't help.
Perhaps this will help to clear up the at times blurred lines between the two organizations.
9. He Would Be a Bad Coach
There were reports that Brock Lesnar was being pushed to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.
However, would that really help the show or the sport?
Brock Lesnar has made great strides in MMA, but is he really qualified to coach other fighters who probably have more experience and knowledge of the sport?
8. Athletes May Think Twice About Trying to Cross Over
If there are athletes from other sports considering make the switch over to MMA, maybe this will deter them.
Sure, boxers like James Toney have drawing power based on name recognition, and he can clearly box, but they continually ignore the importance of having a solid ground attack and defense.
Brock Lesnar had great success in the UFC, but his star has been fading fast. If he were to walk away, unqualified athletes may think twice about trying their hand in MMA.
The sport does not need to dilute the competition by putting in cross-over athletes with appeal but no fight game.
7. Lesnar Is Not Fan-Friendly
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Brock Lesnar has a lot of fans, but he's not very fan friendly.
He has encouraged the crowd in the past to boo him and he has even flipped them off.
You can only go so far in a sport if that is your attitude. It may not be long before even his most ardent supporters turn on him.
6. An Opportunity to Promote Other Fighters
Brock Lesnar has quickly become the face of the heavyweight division and one of the most popular fighters in the UFC.
If he were to leave, it would give other well-deserving fighters a chance to get into the spotlight and get the recognition they deserve.
5. Lesnar Doesn't Have the Same Drawing Power
Brock Lesnar's appeal has taken a hit after he was thoroughly beaten by Cain Velasquez. Not to mention, he was seconds away from losing to Shane Carwin.
Dana White and the UFC has ridden Lesnar's coattails to great financial success, but if he's no longer winning, how much drawing power does he really have?
4. He Is No Longer Champion
It's one thing for Brock Lesnar to leave the UFC as the heavyweight champion and another to leave without a belt.
He no longer has that aura of invincibility with two losses to his name.
If Lesnar left the sport in his prime as the heavyweight champion, it would definitely sting more.
3. An Opportunity to Expand Their Audience with Cain Velasquez
Now that Cain Velasquez is the heavyweight champion, the UFC can focus on him as their next big cash cow.
The sport of boxing—widely considered to be the biggest rival to MMA—has been without a marketable enough Mexican fighter for the Spanish community to fawn over.
Now that the UFC has a Mexican heavyweight, they can capitalize on this opportunity and try to steal fans away from boxing by luring them to their next potential superstar.
2. UFC Doesn't Need a Quitter
Brock Lesnar has a reputation for reaching the pinnacle of a sport and quitting soon after.
The sport does not need a fighter that cannot overcome adversity.
He just barely edged out Shane Carwin and he was demolished by Cain Velasquez.
If Lesnar doesn't have the will to come back strong to prove his critics wrong, then he may not be tough enough to handle the rigors of MMA.
1. Lesnar Is Only One Fighter
Brock Lesnar was widely considered to be the cash cow of UFC.
He was Dana White's prized possession and the UFC held him in the highest regard.
However, there are still plenty of stars in the UFC that they can promote and continue to experience growth under.
One man doesn't make an entire sport.