I’ll be the first to admit that I loved purchasing Brock Lesnar pay-per-view events.
Lesnar was an attraction. A spectacle. You honestly never knew what he was going to do, much like Mike Tyson in his prime.
But also like Tyson, the nostalgia wore off.
Lesnar battled his health concerns and it struck hard, as the former UFC heavyweight champion went down hard in 2010 when he was finished by Cain Velasquez. Just over a year later, Lesnar again was stopped, this time by Alistair Overeem.
The big man packed his bags and headed back to the WWE, signing a multi-year deal that allowed him to set his own schedule. He moved to Canada, but eventually found his way back to the UFC, fighting Mark Hunt in 2016.
Lesnar won that fight via decision after five years away, though the result was changed to a no-contest due to a failed drug test.
Now 40 years old, Lesnar’s once again on top in the WWE as the Universal champion heading to WrestleMania 34 this weekend against Roman Reigns in a featured bout. According to various reports, his contract is set to expire, and UFC president Dana White fueled rumors of another potential Octagon run when he stated he believes Lesnar will fight in the UFC this year.
But is that really for the best? Both for Lesnar and the heavyweight division?
Right now, Stipe Miocic sits atop the world as the reigning champion. He’ll defend his belt against light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier later this year.
Miocic has put down many of the top dogs in the division, and Cormier already announced that he plans to retire in the coming months. While a DC-Jon Jones battle would be a good closing argument, Cormier vs. Lesnar would definitely garner PPV headlines.
Would Miocic-Lesnar do the same? Of course.
Would both Miocic and Cormier wipe the Octagon floor with Lesnar? Without a doubt.
Here’s a man who was already limited in his MMA skills when he simply came in and mauled Randy Couture and Frank Mir. He showed perseverance battling back against Shane Carwin, but none of those guys were at the same stage in their respective careers as Miocic or even the aging Cormier right now.
Take a quick look at the UFC’s Top-15 rankings which feature Francis Ngannou, Overeem, Alexander Volkov, Curtis Blaydes, Fabricio Werdum, Derrick Lewis, Hunt, Marcin Tybura, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksei Olenik, Stefan Struve, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Tai Tuivasa, Junior Albini and Justin Ledet.
Who would you favor Lesnar over? Not Ngannou. Not Overeem. Not Volkov. Not Blaydes. Not Overeem.
He could find success against some of the lower Top-15 fighters, but those guys have yet to reach PPV main event status in their careers, and there is no chance the UFC would waste a Lesnar bout against them.
What does all that mean? Right now, it means very little, as we still are not sure Lesnar even wants to fight again.
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