Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brock Lesnar is Back

Brock Lesnar is back.

In an video release by Fusion Ammo Brock Lesnar declares "I'm back!". Lesnar states that "I feel like a new man; great, healthy, strong. I feel like I used to feel." Lesnar goes on to say that his health is 100% and he wants his title back.

This is huge news for the UFC. Brock Lesnar is one of the most polarizing figures in MMA. You either love him or hate him. No matter which side of the fence you sit on, this is going to be a big boost for UFC pay-per-views coming up. Lesnar always draws huge viewer turnout for his fights. There has been seven UFC events to record one million pay-per-view buys, of those events, four have been headlined by Lesnar. So to say that Zuffa is chomping at the bit to get him on card is an understatement.

Now the rumor mill is cranking out tons of theories. The two most popular are that Lesnar will return at UFC 140 in Toronto and the other is that he'll be fighting Alistair Overeem.

My thoughts on these two rumors are mixed. Brock has never fought outside of the U.S. and I don't know if he would want to go to Toronto. The timing is good and that card doesn't have a main event yet. But I just don't see Lesnar fighting on that card. Time will tell.

The second rumor is the big one. If Zuffa resigns Overeem under the UFC banner that would be huge. I however see a lot of obstacles to making that happen.

First, Overeem would have to sign an exclusivity contract with the UFC. So no more K1 fights and no more Dream fights. I don't know if Overeem would accept those terms.

Second, his management company Golden Glory is not in the good graces of Zuffa. Golden Glory has a different policy for fighters than most other organizations. They take the pay and then pay the fighters. In the U.S. the fighter is paid and they in turn pay their respective management. This has been an issue for Zuffa.

The last obstacle I see is the fight itself. Brock as we've seen doesn't like getting hit. Overeem tends to like opponents who want to engage in a kickboxing fight. Stylistically I don't think either fighter wants a piece of the other.

However, if this fight does come to fruition, I will predict that Brock Lesnar would win the fight in vicious ground-and-pound fashion. I will be the first to admit that I believe Alistair Overeem is a paper champion. If you look at his fights back in Pride, he lost to every good opponent he faced. Since the demise of Pride he has fought K1, Dream and Strikeforce simultaneously. That is rather impressive. However, in my opinion, he  has fought against sub-par competition the entire time. Let's face facts, he won the Strikeforce title from Paul Buenello who has never beat a Top 10 fighter in his entire career.

Brock on the other hand has fought Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin. That's an impressive list even with the loss to Velasquez.

So again, if this fight does happen, Lesnar by vicious ground-and-pound.

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