So… Brock Lesnar: Love him or hate him, one might argue he’s good for the sport.
I would disagree.
In fact, Lesnar is exactly what the UFC and MMA in general don’t need. But then I guess there must be fans out there who love arrogant, anti-establishment, flashing-fingers-at-the-crowd dickwads like Lesnar and, oh, Nick Diaz, for example. And I guess Dana White must be in that camp. Doesn’t surprise me, actually.
Anyway, back to the point. Lesnar is making a joke of what it means to be a UFC champion. The guy is a fucking morbidly freakish human with a head the size of sputnik. And he should be fighting other ridiculously large guys who, like him, probably have no real skill.
Seriously, having a guy his size in the heavyweight division beating up on guys 20 or 30 (or more) pounds lighter is like putting a light-heavywight up against a welterweight or something. If it helps, picture Keith Jardine putting the beatdown on Mike Swick; that’s about the right size differential. I mean, it doesn’t seem right, does it?
I mean no disrespect to the guys who are stepping in against Lesnar. He gives them enough disrespect anyway. (Have I mentioned that he’s a self-important asshole?) They’re going in against someone they know has a tremendous size advantage. And it’s all well and good to say, “Well, they’re all ‘heavyweights’,” but that’s really my point – the heavyweight division isn’t sufficient. Lesnar should be fighting other guys his own size in a superheavyweight division if he wants to demonstrate that he’s badass.
Some highschool football player could go down the street and kick the shit out of a bunch of 7-year-old kids at the local karate dojo, but does that mean he’s a karate champion?
Now, before anyone says, “Yeah, but it’s fine if the smaller guys want to fight him,” let me just remind you that there’s a reason the UFC brought in lightweight and heavyweight classes in the first place back around UFC 12 or so, and then later brought in more uniform weight divisions.
Lesnar, like it or not, is not a UFC champion in my mind, nor will he be until he goes up against some guys his own size — in a division made for them — and actually shows that he has some MMA skills, and not just a shitty attitude, fists the size of Christmas hams, and an ego infinitely larger.