I understand, we have to suspend reality to accept that the UFC fighters we cheer on are “people just like us.” But I hope the leadership isn’t thinking about telling us that Brock Lesnar actually belongs back in the octagon.
There are rumors that he’s coming back to be Jon Jones first opponent at heavyweight, but let’s face it, Brock Lesnar is a has-been. Let’s let the dead careers rot in the ground and allow the new, truly greater talent to flourish. If you’re not convinced, let’s recap Lesnar’s career.
Lesnar’s professional debut came in 2007, headlining a Dynamite USA card against a former Olympic Silver Medalist in Judo. When he stepped into the squared circle, Lesnar wasted no time at all, dropping Min-Soo Kim to the canvas. He mounted him like a refrigerator shaped Abella Danger and pounded his skull into the mat. He solidified his position as an overwhelming contender. Kim’s tap-out coming in just over a minute into the first round.
The man with the sword on his chest would soon enter the UFC and submit to Frank Mir. But he’d quickly turn the tables and beat Heath Herring before knocking out Randy Couture to claim the Heavyweight strap in 2008. Lesnar would go on to defend his title twice. However, he lost it in 2010 to Cain Velasquez, an unmistakable feature in the new era of the UFC.
He took a shot at redemption against Alistair Overeem. But two two hyper-accurate strikes to the midsection and barrage of punches brought him down. After that fight, he announced his retirement from the UFC.
Brock soon signed a first of its kind contract with the WWE, guaranteeing him a salary. It also allowed him to promote sponsors on his attire during matches.
The itch to fight real men returned after fake fighting for almost five years. In 2016, Lesnar re-entered the Octagon against Mark Hunt, the “Super Samoan,” known for his devastating walk-off punches.
After half a decade outside the Octagon, Lesnar surprised fight fans and showed he still had his fastball. He punished Hunt with his fists and claiming a unanimous decision victory.
The fat lady hadn’t sung yet, though. The story was too good to be true. We soon found out that Lesnar had anti-estrogen drugs in his system. I guess he was trying to leave his mounting and pounding days behind him. He thought doping was his road to victory, and it cost him. UFC overturned the fight decision. He was suspended from the UFC for a year, and he paid a $250,000 fine.
Rumors have begun to fly that Lesnar will return to the Octagon as Jones’s opponent for his first ever heavyweight fight. Kurt Angle appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and told the ESPN host that Lesnar wants Jones for his epic return.
Dana White, for the love of God, don’t let this fight happen. I’m all for giving Jones a tune-up fight to get used to the new division before he fights for the title, but give the man someone we, the fans, can believe is actually a competitor.
Brock Lesnar has not won a fair, unscripted, fight in over a decade except maybe against his toaster. He’s no longer a serious fighter. Lesnar should be shown the door right along with the rest of the old guard that is hanging on too long. Sure, he still looks big and probably still has heavy hands, but you can’t be seriously considering putting these two in an octagon together. It would be elder abuse, and Jones doesn’t need to catch another charge.
I’ll stop begging for a third and final Diaz vs. McGregor fight for at least six months if Dana White can guarantee we won’t have to watch Jon Jones wipe Brock Lesnar’s dope-filled blood off the mat. The fight wouldn’t even be worth watching. Give us some real competition for once, Dana.