Is Brock Lesnar a future UFC Hall Of Famer?
Among the slew of thoughts that have entered my mind during this extremely complicated week in the lead up of UFC 200 there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Anderson Silva is in and Jon Jones is out, but besides that we have a new main event. Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes on the grandest stage of them all and what will surely be a huge moment for Women’s MMA and women in sports in general. Also we have the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Which is getting bigger and better as this sport continues to grow world-wide with plans of an exhibit in of course, Las Vegas, Nevada. So many story lines in which we at MFST can cover and provide readers with many unique perspectives I am truly happy to have been able to cover the biggest event in UFC history with my colleagues. I also can’t contain my excitement the return of Brock Lesnar. When looking back on Brock’s career I am really astonished. What he accomplished in his first run with the UFC was truly astounding. So with the UFC Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place today one thought entered my mind. Is Brock Lesnar a future UFC Hall of Famer?
My first thought was no of course not. He has very limited experience and only eight pro MMA bouts to his name winning five and losing three. So record wise a 5-3 record does not scream Hall of Famer but in the UFC it is not about your win-loss record it is all about your contribution to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. For example Randy Couture is one of two men to hold two championship belts in two separate weight classes. He retired in 2011 with a record of 18-10. Is he a UFC of Hall of Famer? Of course he is. If you built a Mount Rushmore of MMA legends Randy Couture would most definitely be on it. Randy Couture faced Brock Lesnar in what was Lesnar’s fourth pro MMA fight for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Most thought Randy would out-grapple Brock bell-to-bell despite the size difference. The experience in which Randy carried into the fight would far outweigh the mass, size, and the freakish athletic ability of Lesnar. They were wrong. Brock was able to hold his own in the clinch, which was Randy’s bread and butter while landing one giant right hand to put Randy down— followed up by what looked like 100 short hammer fists onto Randy’s head.
Boom, Brock Lesnar is the UFC Heavyweight Champion and the number one draw in the company’s history, instantly. Who could forget his epic revenge filled beat down of Frank Mir at UFC 100. Combat sports is very different from any other sport in terms of giving credit where credit is due it is not always clear-cut and dry. We often reward fighters often for taking a beating and coming back. We the fans love that.
He also has shown his fears in the octagon by simply being punched in the face. Something Brock is just not used to being a wrestler his entire life. This was shown in the Carwin, Velasquez, and the Overeem fight . The first in which Brock battled back and won by submission in the 2nd round. Lesnar’s MMA career is like a book with no beginning or end just an awesome middle filled with thrills and memories that forever last in a MMA fan’s mind. For what he did in his short time in the sport and the impact that he had made this is not only unprecedented but I don’t think we will ever see a known commodity in the entertainment business crossover with as much success as Brock had ever again. In terms of history within the sport he stands at the top as the biggest PPV draw that the UFC has ever had.
If Jon Jones had ever fallen off of another card it would have been a complete disaster but with a card featuring Brock Lesnar tonight it almost had a reverse effect adding an aura to Lesnar and the late replacement Anderson Silva. Win or lose tonight vs Mark Hunt it really doesn’t matter what matters is the span of his career and what impact he made on the sport and for that reason alone I feel Brock Lesnar should be considered for the UFC Hall of Fame. Wouldn’t it be something if he won tonight? with Brock Lesnar nothing would surprise me.
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