“Can you see me now? Can you see me now?”
Yes Brock. You are a 280 pound man standing 6 foot 3, 4 or 5 depending on what website we use as a reference. We can see you; in fact it is hard to miss you.
Like many of you I watched UFC 87 Seek and Destroy for many reasons:
- Confirm my suspicion that GSP is really that good. Check
- Watch KenFlo technically dismantle Roger Huerta. Check
- Ensure that Joe Rogan’s face is puffy. Check
The only real question mark I had as I settled in to watch 87 was Brock Lesnar. Heath Herring is experienced, Heath Herring is a professional, and Heath Herring has pulled off some upsets. Well at UFC 87, Heath Herring looked like he was smothered by a whale and he couldn’t find that small window of opportunity that allowed Frank Mir to avoid the same fate.
When necessary, Lesnar showed his explosive speed and power but for the most part his wrestling skills and size were the only requirements. He comfortably pressed his weight and strength against his opponent and all Herring could do was squirm underneath the behemoth. It was a lot like watching an older brother beat on a much younger sibling. Almost uncomfortable.
So what’s not to like about Brock Lesnar? Well, we had a good example of a professional MMA champion in Georges St Pierre on the same card as the Lesnar/Herring bout. After GSP put on a superior technical display as well as overpowering his opponent for all five rounds we watched GSP sincerely congratulate Jon Fitch, politely responded to an overly enthusiastic BJ Penn and then almost apologize to Joe Rogan for attempting to use the microphone when his time was up. How about Lesnar’s post fight celebration after winning his second professional MMA fight (not a title, not an epic battle, his second win out of three matches)? That’s right, he took his 280 pounds and proceeded to hop up and down as though riding a horse while pointing and laughing at his opponent. Lesnar should watch the replay of the pay-per-view event and see true role models for the sport like Kenny Florian and GSP to learn their approach to the fight game as well as how they conduct themselves post fight.
Lesnar has been quoted over the years expressing things as far ranging as his dislike for gay people as well as explaining his decision to leave professional wresting as a time to “nut up”. I don’t know if the the French translation exists but I just can’t picture GSP explaining a victory over BJ Penn as a time to do anything with his nuts.
He is impressive. There is no question if he can continue his MMA education and combine it with his explosive power and tenacity, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division and could one day be the champ.
Lesnar will also draw a crowd and for any sport with the momentum of MMA right now, that is a huge positive. Let’s just hope that when the crowd gathers and he gets that chance to compete for the heavyweight championship, that he has learned why we as fans are passionate about it. Not just the strength and skill of the athletes but also the respect they show each other throughout and post fight.
Yes Brock, we see you now – please don’t show us your nuts.