"I don't know how many people can cross over and do what Lesnar has done. I don't think there's very many out there."
(Quote taken from the Fan House Chat as reported by Michael David Smith on December 26, 2008)
Although Dana White was exceptionally eager and excited to welcome Brock Lesnar, a former WWE professional wrestling champion on board the UFC vehicle, he has declared bringing Bobby Lashley on board out of the question.
Yes, I was one of the first "ignorant" fans to find having Lesnar a member of the UFC objectionable.
I cannot claim to have settled into accepting his presence as have so many who cite his presence as being necessary to increase the interest and cross-over of WWE fans as well as for increasing revenue.
When acceptance of Brock was more or less forced on me by other Bleacher Creatures who adore the giant, I thought, "So now what? The UFC no longer has anyone freakishly large enough to be in the octagon with him."
My desire then and now is to recruit fighters who are equally as huge as Mr. Lesnar to lessen his sheer size advantage; it seems only fair.
Bobby Lashley is a very soft spoken, yet gargantuan individual, who, like Brock, was a WWE fighter now turned to MMA for his career of choice. Surprisingly, I like him and the way he presents himself.
True, I know absolutely nothing about his WWE career and I have no desire to discover his back story.
The fact that he was a wrestler in school is enough recommendation for me; plus, of course, he does meet the size requirements.
Now, don't get me wrong. I do not want to bring Rick Flair, Kurt Angle, the Undertaker, et al, into the UFC.
But, apparently, while White deemed the UFC transition "OK" for Brock, he has drawn the line against bringing in any competition for his "cash cow," or, I should say, "prize bull," in this case.
And how reminiscent of the demise of the EliteXC when their prize Kimbo Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, was destroyed in a set of unforeseeable circumstances, when his hand-picked, overaged opponent became incapacitated and a switch led to his downfall at the hands of a UFC castoff Seth Petruzelli.
Now I am left with my own conclusion of what it will take to change White's mind.
If Frank Mir does indeed beat Lesnar for a second time, I think White will start looking for a newbie with less experience than Lesnar for him to beat and, in this case, White just might have a sudden change of heart.
Because Lashley is new to the sport and won his first MMA fight in a less-than-convincing fashion, coupled with the fact that most fighters brought into the UFC have the first-time jitters often causing them to lose their debut, Lashley may suddenly look very attractive to Mr. White.
Plus the interest of WWE cross-overs and the increased revenue that would give rise to even in a depressed economy.
For those who feel as I do—the minority, in other words; be patient and do what I do.
Cross your fingers!
As a reflection on Dana White's quote I would like to say that if Dana is not going to allow another fighter with a background simiar to Brock's into the UFC, he will never find out if there is anyone out there who can do what Brock has done, will he?