Brock Lesnar May Not "Get Beat" For Many YearsJuly 14, 2009
UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar demolished interim titleholder Frank Mir in their rematch to retain his crown via TKO at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Saturday night.
Lesnar (4-1), who avenged his only defeat with the win, overpowered and brutally bludgeoned Mir (12-4) before referee Herb Dean mercifully called a halt to the fight 1:48 into the second round.
Moments after the decided mismatch ended, Lesnar, 32, a former WWE Undisputed Champion, flipped off the hostile crowd that had booed him all evening since he first made his appearance.
After his classy salutes to the fans in "Sin City," the South Dakota farm boy of yesteryear proceeded to taunt the gruesomely battered Mir, 30, while he attempted to regain his equilibrium in the cage.
"Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass and I told him that a year ago," said Lesnar, who refused to touch gloves or shake hands with Mir before or after the fight. "I pulled that [expletive] down and I beat him up. Whooo!"
Lesnar's surreal antics and ranting continued. However, this time the University of Minnesota’s 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion verbally bashed one of UFC’s elite sponsors and he mentioned that he was excited to do the horizontal poker with his salacious wife, “Sable.”
"I'm drinking a cooler full of Coors Light, Coors Light because Bud Light won't pay me," said Lesnar as he pointed his enormous 4XL gloves at the Bud Light logo in the middle of the octagon. "I'm going to sit down with my friends and family and hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight."
As the jeers continued, Lesnar, who earned an estimated $3 million for the fight, urged the audience to “keep going!”
Many mixed martial arts purists (or elitists) loathed Lesnar before he even made his debut in the octagon because of his previous career in professional sports entertainment.
The one-time Minnesota Viking cemented his reputation as UFC’s genuine “heel” with the conduct that he displayed this past weekend.
It is extremely possible that Lesnar’s actions were calculated in advance to make him intentionally appear more villainous.
The only way Lesnar could have possibly behaved more offensively would have been had he stolen a “Rowdy” Roddy Piper tactic from the mid-1980’s and smashed a coconut over Mir’s head.
“This isn’t the WWE,” said an infuriated UFC President Dana White. “I don’t ask these guys to act crazy so we get more pay per views. That’s not the business I’m in. Brock went so far over the top tonight I can’t even describe it. I don’t think in the history of the UFC we’ve ever done anything like that.”
For better or worse, fans and the media are more often intrigued by polarizing figures than they are by vanilla ones.
Lesnar will certainly never be labeled “vanilla,” and his newfound infamy will make him a hotter commodity inside the cage than ever.
“Brock hasn’t made himself very loveable,” White added. “They hate Brock. He's been in the WWE so long that he thinks he has to jump in there and be the heel."
Unfortunately, Lesnar’s volatile temperament in the aftermath of Saturday’s matchup overshadowed his brilliant performance that exhibited his growth as a mixed martial artist.
“Man, I was so jacked up,” said Lesnar, who went 106-5 overall in four years of college wrestling. “I’m used to selling pay-per-view tickets. I come from a business that is purely the entertainment business.”
Lesnar did not even begin his career in MMA until June 2007, and by November 2008 he captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship by pounding the legendary Randy “The Natural” Couture.
It is fair to wonder if anybody on the planet can physically compete with Lesnar at this juncture.
However, many analysts believe that Fedor Emelianenko, 32, the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship, would be a more than formidable foe for Lesnar to scrap.
Emelianenko (30-1), who has been considered the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world for the last six years by many major publications, has long been a fighter coveted by White.
Nevertheless, to date, the one-time military firefighter for the Russian Army has rebuffed the UFC President’s numerous contract offers.
"Eventually Fedor is going to be here," said White. "I want Fedor. I want Fedor to come to the UFC. We'll get the deal done and we'll get Brock vs. Fedor and it will be a huge fight."
Brock’s nickname is “The Next Big Thing” and Fedor’s moniker is “The Russian Military Experiment.”
Provided that White does ultimately succeed and he is able to reach an agreement with Fedor, the Ruskie may prove to be the last legitimate contender that Lesnar will encounter for some time.
“I’m a sore loser,” Lesnar said in a post-fight interview. “I don’t like to get beat.”
If “The Russian Military Experiment” can’t topple “The Next Big Thing,” Lesnar may not “get beat” well into the coming decade.