If there ever was a monster among men it would be Brock Lesnar. If there ever was a chance for Lesnar to return to the UFC, I would say no. Lesnar made a name for himself as a collegiate wrestling juggernaut. By the end of his college career he racked up an impressive record of 106-5, along with a laundry list of championship titles. Naturally his talents and imposing stature translated well into pro wrestling. After a five year stint in pro wrestling, Lesnar wondered how well his talents would translate into the Octagon.
In 2007, Lesnar made his debut at UFC 81, against Frank Mir. Mir succeeded in applying a knee bar and ending the fight at 1:30. It seemed that Lesnar’s wrestling prowess did not translate well in the Octagon. In time he greatly improved and won the UFC heavy weight title against Randy Couture at UFC 91. Lesnar kept the momentum going and really made a name for himself in the UFC. However, his luck would change after losing the title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. His UFC stardom dwindled as he once again lost to Alastair Overeem at UFC 141. Upon his loss, Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC. His career was short but sweet.
According to a recent article from MMAjunkie.com, Dana White considered Lesnar’s return. Yet, Lesnar expressed no interest in returning.
“He’s done,” White told ‘The Dave Mahoney Morning Show”.
“He called me a couple days ago. He’s never coming back.”
Despite the fans and White wishing for the monster’s return, Lesnar made one thing clear as crystal. Lesnar said he can wrestle, but he can’t fight.
Funny, I thought. Isn’t wrestling a form of fighting? It is and it isn’t. Collegiate wrestling is great for taking a guy to the ground and holding him there. But if you have a very weak ground game, it’s pretty useless in the Octagon or in a street fight. I’ve had friends tell me; “hey you wrestled in high school, you should be awesome on the ground” to which I simply reply; “two completely different animals”.
Wrestling and working the ground are two schools of thought. Lesnar never really mastered that school of thought. Much of Lesnar’s success relied on his brute strength and ferocity. That is not to say he was completely devoid of technique, but fighting is a game of finesse. Only a handful can get by on strength alone.
I often wondered how much Lesnar would of flourished if he went into mma right after college instead of pro wrestling. Lesnar entered mma at around 30. This is the age when you physically peak and incorporating new ideas to your repertoire is difficult. Had Lesnar begun his mma career ten years ago, I think he could’ve been a force of destruction the likes of which UFC has never seen.
It’s a shame that Lesnar won’t return to the UFC. But at the same time he accomplished so much in his short career and for that I praise the big guy.