Brock Lesnar is arguably one of the most feared men in all of Mixed Martial Arts, from his Division 1 National Championship in wrestling to his widely feared 4XL sized gloves.
Just the sight of him makes you instantly respect the beast of a man.
So why all the hate?
Ever since Brock Lesnar stepped foot into the Octagon at UFC 81 people thought he was a fake. They looked at the fact that he used to be an "actor" in the WWE and never gave him a chance.
Brock pounded Frank Mir into next week at that same event, but his inexperience got the best of him when he gave up his leg and Frank Mir rolled him into a heel hook. This really showed the fans of MMA that Lesnar is a legitimate force, but he still has a ways to go.
Lesnar started training under coach Greg Nelson and he helped Brock hone his skills and get him to where he is today.
Brock’s next fight was against The Texas Crazy Horse, Heath Herrring. This was one of the most one sided three-round beat downs in UFC history. Within the first five seconds, Lesnar rocked Herring with a straight right hand right on the button. "The Texas Crazy Horse" fell over and Lesnar decked him and tried to end it early.
The fight went to the judges scorecards and Brock achieved his first win inside the Octagon.
Would you give Lesnar another chance at your respect?
Skip forward to after Lesnar defeated the much loved Randy “The Natural” Couture to obtain the UFC Heavyweight belt (he had previously defeated Frank Mir to become the undisputed champion of the world).
The crowd booed him when the referee stepped in front of Lesnar’s onslaught to protect the unconscious Frank Mir. He then proceeded to flick off the crowd, which was a really bad decision for his fighting reputation.
During Lesnar’s post-fight interview, he said some very nasty things about Frank Mir, Budweiser, and his own wife. A lot of controversy brought about now surrounding the champ came from that.
People were saying that he was trying to put on a show like when he was a WWE wrestler and things of that sort.
He was also being criticized as a “lay and pray” fighter. Fans thought that he was using his weight to bully fighters around. They had forgotten that even though Lesnar weighs in at a huge 265 pounds he still moves like a welterweight.
Over the course of his next couple fights Lesnar did everything he could do to make this better. His famous line after he defeated Shane Carwin by submission was “I stand before you a humble champion, but I’m still one tough s.o.b.”
Fans started to come back to Lesnar when he said this. Nevertheless, he was still criticized for “bringing shame to the sport”, as told by many diehards of the sport.
Lesnar deserves your support and respect due to his ability to knock out anyone in the cage, and he could go down as one of the greatest martial artists of all time.
I, for one, love the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and hate to see some punk who just wants to knock heads in a cage try to fight, but I will always give a second chance to a fighter.
Especially one with the caliber of Brock Lesnar.