With Brock Lesnar's Return Imminent, Potential Next 5 Fights in the UFC
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This avalanche of a man has been sidelined due to his second bout of diverticulitis. Lesnar's last bout was a one-sided thrashing at the hands of Cain Velasquez who defeated Brock and captured the heavyweight crown.
Assuming that the timetable for Lesnar's return is correct and that he is physically as dominant as he was prior to the illness, this former UFC heavyweight champion should possess his patented strength, power, explosiveness and brutal aggression that fortified his reign as champion.
I realize that Lesnar's return to health and form prior to his bout with diverticulitis is a big assumption, but if modern medicine plays its role, and Lesnar is healthy, he will be a force once again in the heavyweight division.
"I feel like a new man, healthy, strong, I feel like I used to feel," Lesnar stated in a video released through his sponsors.
Taking Brock on his word, the prediction that this destructive force will return to the Octagon is true. If that is so, please follow along as I detail Lesnar's first five fights back in the UFC.
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No. 5: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir III
Brock Lesnar taunting a bloodied Frank Mir
Brock Lesnar has faced off against former UFC heavyweight champion and seasoned veteran Frank Mir on two separate occasions.
At 1-1 in his matchups with Mir, Lesnar tapped to a kneebar in his second ever professional mixed martial arts contest in 2008 at the hands of Mir.
Avenging that loss, Brock dismantled Mir at UFC 100 in 2009 providing Mir with a savage beating in his first ever title defense.
Speculation reported on BloodyElbow.com links Lesnar's return on New Year's Day to the trilogy battle with Frank Mir.
Stay tuned for further updates on Lesnar-Mir III.
No. 4: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Alistair Overeem vs Brock Lesnar....perhaps?
Despite the controversy surrounding the current Strikeforce heavyweight champion's release from his contract and role in the Grand Prix tournament, sources have claimed that Alistair Overeem would be interested in competing solely for the UFC.
Experts have long been critical about Overeem's presumably soft selection of opponents over the years. A highly accomplished kick-boxer, Overeem's performances as of late inside the Octagon have not won the Dutch sensation many fans.
Heated debate spewed between UFC President Dana White and Alistair Overeem through Twitter regarding "The Reem's" decision to take time off to heal from injuries as well as with Overeem's current management, Golden Glory.
Seemingly with that feud behind the two professionals, White was quoted as saying, "Yes, I would love to have Alistair Overeem in the heavyweight division."
Knowing White's ego and his tendency to hold grudges, I am sure that he would like to feed Overeem to the wolves, so to speak.
Who better to introduce the Dutch kick-boxing phenom to the UFC than the savage Lesnar. Overeem's striking within MMA has diminished. He does not deliver the same variety of strikes with the same velocity or precision as he once did.
Knowing this, Lesnar's phenomenal take-down ability could neutralize "The Reem's" striking. Additionally, Brock can match, if not exceed, Overeem's strength and power inside the Octagon.
A tremendous matchup of two Goliaths this would be.
Dana White, please make this happen.
No. 3: Brock Lesnar vs. Travis Browne
Travis Browne KO's Stefan Struve
Travis "Hapa" Browne has been on a tear inside the Octagon. 11-0-1, Browne defeated Stefan Struve at UFC 130 in May with a sensational superman punch knockout.
At 6'7", 260-plus pounds, Browne is a huge human being. Versed in boxing, "Hapa" enjoys standing and trading in the center of the Octagon.
Possessing a propensity for violence, a matchup between Lesnar and Browne would truly test Lesnar's developed stand-up skills.
Additionally, Browne continues to work on his ground game which would challenge Lesnar's dominance in the guard.
A win against Lesnar would propel Browne's career into the stratosphere. A win for Lesnar would prove that the one-time one-dimensional fighter is continuing to evolve inside the Octagon.
No. 2: Brock Lesnar vs. Pat Barry
Pat Barry unloading a superman punch
Pat "HD" Barry is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe with bigger opposition. Defeated by Cheick Kongo in June, Barry had the Frenchman reeling from a solid punch, then miraculously Kongo turned the tables with a dominant knockout uppercut of his own.
Barry possesses proven striking ability. A seasoned kick-boxer, "HD" is a Duke Roufus protege and incorporates a wide variety of strikes from all different angles and planes into his matchups.
With the ability to chop Lesnar down from vicious leg strikes, Barry represents a completely different level of striking that Lesnar will need to overcome to climb to the pinnacle of the UFC heavyweight division.
Considering that Barry's takedown defense and ground game are suspect, a bout of this magnitude would elevate both fighters careers as Lesnar would need to prove that he can strike with the very best in the division and Barry would need to prove that he can survive a potential grappling battle.
No. 1: Brock Lesnar vs. Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson hammering Stefan Struve
A culmination of Lesnar's previous four matchups leads me to believe that his final contest would be against Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Polished in all facets of the fight game, Nelson is a solid boxer with good stand-up defense. "Big Country" is also a black belt in jiu-jitsu who can battle off of his back. And lastly, the former TUF heavyweight champion has an iron jaw and can survive a barrage of punches.
A very balanced fighter, a final win against "Big Country" in this series of matchups should escalate Lesnar into a No. 1 contenders fight for the right to battle for the title.