The UFC is better than Boxing and Pro Wrestling: Brock Lesnar shows us how

Posted by Andy Durham on July 12, 2009 at 2:00 pm under Professional | 10 Comments to Read

The interest in Mixed Martial Arts, with the Ultimate Fighting Championships(UFC) in particular, has eclipsed boxing and pro wrestling and is now “The Next Big Thing”, in sports entertainment.

Brock Lesnar shows us how they did it and to read more on last night’s figts just go to the right/left hand column on our site and click on at the top for extensive dynamite UFC coverage from SI.com and FOX Sports.com.

Right now, Brock Lesnar is “The Man”……….Check it out, and we have been right in the middle of this UFC coming out party, since I am also considered to be one of the top fighters in the world. Please check out the similarities with me and Brock and our training routines.

Here’s round the clock Brock, from Jock and Greensborosports.com:

LAS VEGAS — Brock Lesnar’s second-round TKO victory over Frank Mir at UFC 100 featured about as much finesse as it did good sportsmanship.

Like an ornery big brother, Lesnar used his size and strength advantage to overwhelm Frank Mir from the opening seconds. And while the former WWE wrestler may have cemented his place as the one and only UFC heavyweight champion at the Mandalay Bay on Saturday night, his post-fight antics likely also confirmed his status as the most reviled fighter on the UFC roster.

“I love it!” Lesnar said to a chorus of boos from the sold out crowd, which evidently didn’t appreciate his decision to celebrate his win by taunting Mir in the Octagon after the stoppage. “Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ***, I told him that a year ago. I pulled that SOB out and beat him over the head with it.”

The former champ Mir had only a few brief moments of offense in the fight. Despite his efforts to keep the action on the feet, Lesnar easily got him to the mat and kept him there in both rounds, finally finishing him with a barrage of right hands at 1:48 of Round 2.

The win proved to be a sweet revenge for Lesnar, who lost his UFC debut to Mir at UFC 81 a year and a half ago, but he handled it with as little grace as possible. Not content with simply disrespecting his opponent, Lesnar also went out of his way to embarrass one of the UFC’s main sponsors in his post-fight interview.

“I’m going to go home and drink a Coors Light,” said Lesnar. “Coors Light, because Bud Light won’t pay me nothing.”


  • Bryan said,

    This is the truth. The way the WWE is right now, UFC is beating them. How long until UFC goes from the Mandalay Bays to the arenas across the country? That’s the next step for UFC to get to the blue collar crowd. Look at the WWE….when they got Austin over, they got the blue collar crowd. UFC is on the verge of that while WWE is only seeking the 8-15 crowd. Big mistake.

    Boy, that Lesnar/Goldberg blunder in Wrestlemania XX makes the WWE look worse day by day now.

  • ad4deacs said,

    How can you even compare the two? One is rehearsed “sports entertainment” and the UFC is the best thing going. Who else enjoyed watching Bisbing get knocked the $&*@ out!

  • Andy said,

    Some of the same ‘character traits” that Brock Lesnar used to establish himself outside the wrestling ring are becoming evident as he now steps outside the octagon after his UFC bouts.(See article above)

    The UFC and Dana White need to do more of this to brand themselves with the mainstream sports population.

    In the prime of boxing everyone was well familiar with Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson etc. The same could be said for wrestling with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock and even Hulk Hogan back in the day to a certain degree.

    The UFC needs to establish these characters like the “Monster” Brock Lesnar if they really want to cash in and maximize on their possible popularity. Some people still remember Tank Abbott, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock, but many new fans today have never even heard of them.

    If the fans are booing Lesnar after a fight, then that’s money in the bank for the next time he fights. The fans will pay to see him lose and in their minds that is what they are seeking and you have to give them something to chew on. Push it and milk it for what it’s worth.

    You have to brand the UFC and the UFC competitors in order to reach the masses.

  • Ad4deacs said,

    Andy I have to disagree. Lesnar behavior after the fight was everything the UFC is not about. If taking it mainstream means turning it into the WWE no thanks. Another point: Every boxer you named was a heavyweight. That division carried the sport. The same is not true of the UFC. The best fighter out there now is Anderson Silva at 185lbs.

  • Andy said,

    After all the mainstream publicity that has come out of UFC 100 I would say Lesnar is the one that has put them on the map and he is the one now that will keep them on the radar.

    You have to have an established name and good or bad, he is now that name and I’m sure he plans to remain that name.

    Lesnar is known among the mainstream public, but the average sports Joe has never heard of Anderson Silva. I have heard his name, but the new 18-34’s that the UFC is trying to sell to don’t have a clue who Anderson Silva is, but after today and from the weekend, they all know Brock Lesnar and many knew him already from his WWE days.

    Brock Lesnar is now the calling card for the UFC. Boxing did have men that entered the public eye beyond Ali, Foreman, Frazier and Tyson, but the boxing heavyweights had to be the ones to establish the sport.

    Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns all benefitted from the publicty that the heavyweights generated for the sport of boxing and Michael and Leon Spinks both rode on part of that gravy train too, in fact to some degree, I feel that the 1976 Olympic Boxing Team made boxing what is was through the 90’s……..(Two other favorites on that ’76 team and I had to check on these guys to make sure it was them in Montreal were Leo Randolph and Howard Davis.)

    Love him or hate him, right now Brock Lesnar is the poster boy for the UFC and he will make millions and Dana White will be a multi-billionaire before this is all over.

    1.5 Million buys at at least $40.00 dollars a pop, not a bad night for Mr. White and the UFC and he can thank Brock Lesnar and with today’s media publicity on Jim Rome’s show, FOX Sports, PrimeTime with the Packman, every on-line outlet , the USA Today and all forms of media you can think of, the UFC with Lesnar in front will have Mr. White headed back to bank on a regular basis.

    Just a few thoughts and I love this stuff and enjoy the comments on a sport that is taking over the Universe and whose time has come.

  • ad4deacs said,

    Andy,
    No disrespect intended but your opinions only show how little you know about the UFC. All UFC fans know who Anderson Silva is and most of them hate Brock Lesnar. Also most of us that purchased the fight bought it to see the GSP/Alves and Henderson/ Bisbing fight. Did you see the fights? There is a reason everybody boo’d Lesnar after the fight. If that was your intoduction to the UFC I’m sorry. It has much better to offer. The UFC is not the WWE. Watch some fights. See two guys beat the crap out of each other and then hug and talk about how much they respect each other. You’ll see what those of us that have loved UFC for years love about it and why we don’t like Lesnar.

  • Andy said,

    I have been watching back since the early days of Tank Abbott, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and Dan Severn and the heavyweights are what peaks the public’s interest.

    The die-hards will watch the smaller guys, but the masses want to watch the Big men like Lesnar, Lashley and even a Kurt Angle if he got involved.

    Are the rabid UFC fans mad or upset with fighters such as Lesnar, Lashley, Shamrock, Severn or even Angle?

    If so why? All these guys do is bring more attention and in the end, more dollars to a sport that is on a meteoric rise.

    Ref “Big John” McCarthey was one of the best parts of the UFC shows in the early days. He would say, to the fighters, “Are you ready to one and then turn to the other and ask the same question, are you ready? And then he would give that now-famous line, Let’s Get It On”.

  • ad4deacs said,

    Andy in those days it was discipline vs discipline i.e. Gracie Jui jitsu vs Abbot striker or wrestler vs submission like Shamrock. Now to be successful you have to be multi faceted, which Lesnar is not. He wins on sheer size alone. He lays on top of people. Sooner or later (sooner I hope) a multifaceted fighter at or near his size will come along and hit him in the mouth and you’ll see how one demensional he is. We’re not mad at Lesnar because he won, we’re mad because he acts like it’s the WWE. By the way boxing ref Mills Lane was famous for saying Let’s get it on before John Mcarthey was born.

  • Andy said,

    I’ll take “Big John” over Lane any day of the week. Mills was OK for boxing, but McCarthey has done more for the UFC than Lane ever did for boxing and John’s sister Jenny wasn’t bad either.

    Mills Lane should have stayed in the courtroom as a Judge and left the work in the ring and octagon to men like “Big John”.

    Lesnar will have to pound his opponets to death before they can tie him up. The tie-ups and the submission holds can get slow and boring. The fans want what we call in the business, “Stand Up Action”. They want to see Stand Up.

    Let Brock and a guy like Tito Ortiz go at it and you will see them bring down the house or bring in Bobby Lashley later when he is ready and you will see a good knock down, drag out, Pier 6 brawl.

    The brawlers are more fun to watch than the tie-up submission masters. The tie-up guys start looking like Harry Houdini out there. One or two guys that I liked who I don’t see today and you may remember are Pat Militech(I think he is teaching now) and Bas Routon…..

    Very good discussion and I am still the champ and Lesnar still has the belt and he will keep the heavyweight crown unitl UFC 125.

  • ad4deacs said,

    Well we agree on one thing. The tie-ups are boring. Ortiz? Way done. Mark my word if the rumored super-fight between GSP and Silva happen it will greatly out sell 100. True UFC fans love the Lightheavyweights and middleweights. Militech is a color man on Showtimes Strikeforce MMA fights (minor league stuff) Enjoy the discussion.