The following is an excerpt from the latest online blog of WWE announcer and Hall Of Famer Jim Ross:
The Brock Lesnar- Frank Mir fight ended as I predicted and that was if Lesnar did not make any careless mistakes early because he was too emotionally charged that Brock would dominate Mir. That’s exactly what happened.
Lesnar is a beast and when fighting at a well conditioned 280ish is too much man for most in MMA to physically match up. Mir put on a positive, competitive face in hope perhaps of PO’ing Lesnar between the first and second round but one has to wonder if it was a case of Mir trying to convince himself that he still had a legit shot at winning. Mir’s a tough hombre and a great talker who lost no respect in the MMA world with his performance on Saturday night.
Lesnar’s size, strength, take down ability, and punching power are challenging attributes to defend. The ability to take an opponent down seemingly at will, ala GSP, will always be a card Lesnar can play against any one I’ve seen on the MMA horizon.
I thought Mir hurt Lesnar with a punch and a couple of knees in the 2nd round but Lesnar’s take down ability kicked in and Mir’s, brief, offensive fire was quickly extinguished.
Lesnar seems to perhaps be vulnerable as it relates to his striking defense but that observation is arguable. If that argument does have credence, then that matter will become a major topic of discussion if the much talked Lesnar-Fedor bout ever takes place.
One thing is for sure, the more bouts Lesnar gets under his belt over the next several months, the better he’s going to get which is something the Fedor camp needs to consider. In other words, perhaps Fedor’s entourage should take the multiple fight, massive money deal now from UFC when Fedor’s chances of knocking out Lesnar are better than they might be a year or so from now.
Lesnar’s post match, unscripted remarks did not completely surpirse me. Those that do not personally know Lesnar as do I need to understand that his level of intensity and fury is scary. Brock has said many things in private conversations that I have been a part of that would make one do a double take. He is an intimidating, emotional jock who has been known for speaking first and thinking later. I don’t think Brock is an inherently evil person whatsoever but his level of competitiveness can be dangerous. It’s like Brock "moonsaulting" at Wrestlemania 19 in Seattle against Kurt Angle when being advised not to prior to the bout. Lesnar was told that men his size don’t do top rope Moonsaults which was the wrong thing to say to the former NCAA All American and National Champion. Lesnar came close to tragically ending his athletic career that night while defying logic and doing what others told him that he could not do.
Lesnar, as I pointed out a couple of days ago, loves to be jeered…the louder the better. Brock takes his game to another level when he knows that it’s him against the world. Former OU and Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer went into the College Football Hall of Fame and won three National Titles and a Super Bowl with that coaching style, "it’s us against the world and the world wants to see us lose."
When Lesnar, who detested the travel and emotional demands of WWE’s schedule, was the most "hated villain" on the roster he was at his happiest in sports entertainment.
Plus, let’s not forget that some people genuinely enjoy being a badass bully. Lesnar, in a ring, mat, or octagon, embraces that persona. Brock may say that he did not like school but the South Dakota farm boy is far from being a dumb jock. Lesnar has plenty of common sense and knows, as Eric Bischoff wrote, that controversy does in deed create cash.
Check out the complete blog at JRsBarBQ.com.