While its true that Lesnar will certainly live to ultimate fight another day, he now has made less than auspicious debuts in three successive athletic endeavors. His run in the WWE was hardly one for the ages and his exit was litigious to say the least. His NFL turn was more reminiscent of Sidd Finch than Sid Luckman. And now this.
How would some of the legacy bookers have handled Lesnarâ<80><99>s MMA PPV debut:
Vince McMahon: The actual work inside the octagon would have been an afterthought. The only guarantee would be that both Lesnar and Mir would have opened the show with ten minutes each for a promo building their rematch.
Vince Russo: Just as Mir was about to lock the kneebar in place, Sable would have jumped onto the octagon apron and removed her little black dress revealing thong bikini bottoms and pasties in the shape of Dana Whiteâ<80><99>s face over her, uh, breast area. Distracted, Mir tapped out after a missed moonsault from the top of the octagon.
Bill Watts: It would have looked just it did at UFC 81.
The UFC does not have a problem. Itâ<80><99>s a shoot remember? Anything can happen. Lesnar will most assuredly appear on the several of the yearâ<80><99>s remaining events. Most likely in a â<80><9c>student vs. teacherâ<80> match up against Keith Hackney or a George Foreman-Mike Tyson storyline against Kimo. And they will draw money.
The only speed bump on this MMA superhighway is (dare we suggest it?) that Lesnar cannot hang. Unlike pro-wrestling, MMA does not ignore losses. Lesnar cannot simply be expected to be a draw if he continues to lose. What will be telling is who his next opponent will be. Will it be a cupcake or bum-of-the-month or will he take a step up and fight a quality opponent? Will he take that chance? A win and the 90 second embarrassment (and it was that) will be forgotten. A loss and he is 0-2.
The loss to Mir is, as yet, meaningless. Its what happens next that will be uber-important. His MMA career continues or he gets a re-match against Bill Goldberg at the July TNA PPV.