ROUNDTABLE (pt. 2 of 2): What was the single key highlight of Brock Lesnar’s MMA career?

Brock Lesnar (photo credit Joshua Dahl © USA Today Sports)

TOPIC: What was the single key highlight of Brock Lesnar’s MMA career?


Like him or loath him Brock Lesnar is a physical beast with some legitimate MMA skills. While I enjoyed the promotional buzz and the spectacle of him fighting Shane Carwin the most, his single highlight is, without doubt, winning the UFC Heavyweight Title against Randy Couture at UFC 91. Couture, a two weight world champion and pioneer of the sport, just became overwhelmed by Brock’s size and strength and is the only fighter to cross over from one sport to MMA and become legitimately successful.


The easiest answer would probably be defeating Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91. He became champion in just his fourth fight after knocking the Hall of Famer out in the second round. But the better answer I think would be when Lesnar defeated Frank Mir at UFC 100 in front of what was at the time the largest PPV audience in UFC history. It seemed that Lesnar was larger than life for a time, and it seemed like he would never lose the belt. That turned out to not be the case, and he was later perhaps exposed in a lot of ways. But on that night, I think it would have been tough to find a man in the world that could have stopped Lesnar. He crushed Mir, and then cut a promo that I still play over in my mind. It was a big night for him, and probably his biggest highlight.


While I understand and respect those that say Lesnar vs. Mir at UFC 100 was his greatest highlight, for me it was his victory over Randy Couture at UFC 91. Most, if not all, of the MMA community (including Dana White) was hoping Couture demolished Lesnar and sent him back to “wrasslin.” That wasn’t the case as Lesnar pounded out Couture in the second round, won the UFC Heavyweight Title, and launched one of the biggest PPV attractions the UFC has ever known.


Brock Lesnar’s pinnacle might have been UFC 100, but his submission over Shane Carwin was the most satisfying moment of his career. It was maybe the only time in his career that he got show skill in addition to physical dominance. This was also the last time Lesnar seemed to be having fun in his first UFC stint; pre-beard Lesnar was a much happier guy. (BTW: I do think the fight should have been called in the 1st round).


The single highlight of Brock Lesnar’s career for me will always be the come from behind victory over Shane Carwin. He proved that night that even though he doesn’t respond well to getting hit, he is still going to continue looking for the win. The beating he took in that first round was insane and then to come back in the second and recognize that Carwin had gassed, he immediately went to his strength and got the takedown. Then within seconds the arm triangle was a lock and the win was his. I remember being totally blown away that night and completely convinced that he was the toughest man on the planet.


The singular moment that will define Brock Lesnar’s MMA career is the moment after his destruction of Frank Mir at UFC 100 and he put his face in the camera, frothing at the mouth. That moment pretty much sums up who Brock Lesnar was as a fighter and how the public saw him in that era. A monster.

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