Sunday, November 16, 2008

Couture - Lesnar: Hughes - Gracie Revisited

The new face of MMA, UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar

Last night, Brock Lesnar stopped Randy Couture with punches for a 2nd-round TKO victory. Up to that point, the fight had been a closely contested affair with Brock having a slight advantage with a takedown in the first. How far can Lesnar can take this victory is dubious.

This fight was somewhat reminiscent of Matt Hughes' dominating win over MMA Legend, the man who started it all, Royce Gracie. The difference is Couture put up more resistance before being caught by a punch to left side of his head. The similarity is that Couture never put in much work in order to gas the big guy.

In Couture, Brock was facing a fighter who had been knocked out twice by former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Chuck Liddell. However, Lesnar was also facing a Couture who had went back to his natural weight and defeated up and coming strongman, jiu-jitsu trained Gabriel Gonzaga--who also had a dominating win on the same night.

UFC's Dana White must be basking in lesnar's victory. He has his own Elite XC's version of Kimbo Slice, only this one is bigger, Mid Western, and has a better chin and wrestling skills.

So, who can unseat this big monster?

Fedor Emelianenko is the obvious choice though he must get by the always dangerous Andre Arlovski, who has a good chance of beating both if it stays on the feet.

Antonio Noguiera? He has seen too many wars and he may not be able to pull off the same upset he was able to pull versus Bob Sapp 6 years ago.

Frank Mir? Perhaps the second most likely candidate after Fedor.

Gabriel Gonzaga? Lesnar's style is bad for "Napao" who seems to lose spirit if he's the one getting grounded and pounded.

Then there's Junior dos Santos,who was last seen ko'ing Fabricio Werdum.

But let's give credit where credit is due. Lesnar trains as hard as he showboats and he fights to win. He has learned to pace himself and he showed it against Couture. Let's see if the face of MMA can last the challenges that await hi.

And let's see if more Pro Wrestling stars make an exodus from staged combat to ultimate fighting.

Fitness Jiu Jitsu