Brock Lesnar: Will He Become an MMA Legend or Merely Be a Paper Champion?

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

Courtesy of UFC
Courtesy of UFC

Brock Lesnar (5-2) has a rough road ahead of him, as he will not only be coaching the 13th season of the Ultimate Fighter, but after the show is over, facing off against Junior Dos Santos in a No. 1 contenders bout.

The question on my mind is: Will Lesnar be able to recapture the glory? And will he be able to even make it to Cain Velasquez? 

Back when Lesnar captured the UFC heavyweight title from Randy Couture, he showed holes in his game and won the fight on pure grit and power.

In fact, Lesnar has relied a lot of his explosive power and strength to get the majority of his wins.

The MMA game has evolved so much that you can't just rely on explosive power and strength alone anymore and if your technique isn't up to par, you will be behind the rest of the queue.

This isn't Lesnar's fault that the UFC put him in this position early in his career and he's done incredibly well, considering that he had little experience in MMA before entering the octagon. 

But if Lesnar's technique doesn't evolve, he will just have been another former champion that hasn't evolved with the times.

On the flip side, if Lesnar puts serious time fixing the flaws in his game matches and technique, with his explosive power and physical strength there will be very few fighters who can stand in his way if it all.

I believe if Lesnar can defeat Junior Dos Santos, defeat Velasquez and defend the title once again, he will undoubtedly become a legend in the sport.

Brock's legacy rests on his willingness to evolve with the sport.

There is no doubt what Brock brings to the table, but he's got a long way to go if he is to prove he can be more than just a paper champion.