According to UFC President Dana White, Brock Lesnar is the most underrated MMA fighter in the promotion. White revealed his opinion in a live chat with the Seattle times. Like many MMA fans, my initial reaction was to brush it off as Dana White being the salesman that he is. As I gave it more thought it became apparent that the UFC president might actually be on to something after all.
When Brock Lesnar first announced he would be competing in MMA, many fight fans never really took him seriously. Contrary to what some MMA fans seem to think, the UFC did not go out of their way to make Lesnar’s transition into MMA any easier. Unless of course, you think putting someone in the Octagon, against former heavyweight champion Frank Mir, in his second MMA fight a favor.
Despite the fact that Mir was significantly more experienced than Lesnar in his UFC debut. Lesnar used his limited MMA training and years of college wrestling to his advantage. Lesnar pummeled Frank Mir with his super-sized fists, before exposing himself to a kneebar.
Two MMA fights later, Lesnar defeated UFC hall of famer Randy Couture for the heavyweight title. Lesnar’s rematch with the then UFC interim heavyweight champion, Frank Mir was his most impressive performance inside the Octagon. Lesnar shut down Mir’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game, pinning him to the ground and pounding his face with punches.
In Lesnar’s next fight, he successfully handed Shane Carwin the first loss on his MMA record. Coming into the fight against Lesnar, Carwin had defeated all off his previous opponents in the very first round. The toughness Lesnar displayed in the brutal first round against heavy handed Shane Carwin proves he has the heart of a MMA fighter.
Yet, with Lesnar’s loss against current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, MMA fans are once again taking him out of the picture. With the skills Lesnar has already displayed in his MMA career, he should have no problems fighting his way to another title shot. Unfortunately for Lesnar, he will probably remain a villain in the sport of MMA, as many fans refuse to give him the respect he deserves.
Seattle Times,” Rewind: Live chat with UFC president Dana White “