Saturday, 7 April 2012
Brock Lesnar: A Cameo in the World of MMA
Brock Lesnar recently rejoined WWE after retiring from mixed martial arts - UFC specifically. It made sense.
Lesnar had a debilitating stomach illness which required several operations, the last of which resulted in 12 inches of colon being removed.
Seven months after the surgery, Lesnar fought heavyweight vet Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in a highly anticipated fight. Lesnar lost in the first round via TKO.
After the fight, Lesnar announced he would be retiring from MMA - highlighting his struggles with the illness known as ‘diverticulitis’. UFC President Dana White said despite not knowing Lesnar had planned to retire, he was not surprised at the decision.
Brock appeared on Monday Night Raw on 2nd April 2012 - the day after Wrestlemania XXVIII, interrupting John Cena and performing the F5, his finishing manoeuvre.
I’ve always felt Lesnar had been a far better professional wrestler than he was martial artist. I was excited when Lesnar signed with the UFC because I was such a huge fan watching him in WWE and wondered what he would bring to the heavyweight division.
MMA being a new sport for Lesnar I did worry. After leaving WWE, Lesnar had a very brief spell in the NFL signing with the Minnesota Vikings. However, after playing in the pre-season he was cut.
Shortly after being cut, Lesnar wrestled in Japan before starting a career in mixed martial arts defeating Min-Soo Kim in his debut fight in 2007 via submission.
This was Lesnar’s only fight outside of the UFC.
Brock did well in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, holding the heavyweight championship defeating Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin in his UFC career. He lost the belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 117 in 2010.
Some MMA journalists believe Brock Lesnar is UFC Hall of Fame worthy - I do not. Lesnar made a big impact in the UFC, based on reputation. I don’t believe you can be called a legend or a Hall of Famer because of who you were BEFORE joining a different sport. Sure, Lesnar won the title in a short period of time but based on three or four good performances can you really be classed as a Hall of Famer alongside Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes?
I think Lesnar is back in the sport that he really loves and that loves him back. Even if it is for only a year.