A MESSAGE TO THE MMA SNOBS
Enough of the MMA Armageddon Talk
by Don Abato
Brock Lesnar is not Kimbo, nor does he bring the same set of problems being a major figure of the marketing campaign.
If you want to be mad, point your anger at Greg Nelson and Erik Paulson. It’s their fault Lesnar is adding to his already strong wrestling skillset. Through Coach Nelson, Lesnar has tapped deceiving power behind his right hand. Erik Paulson, the leg-lock encyclopedia, is likely improving Brock’s sub defense. The former WWE star may not be impervious to future submission attempts, but his ability to escape the potential armbars and traiangle chokes that Minotauro Noguiera may slap on is a priority on the Lesnar/Nelson/Paulson lesson planner.
Heck, blame Dana White for having good business sense at pushing the hulking 280-pounder as a main event. I won’t deny your argument Lesnar didn’t deserve a title shot after a lay-and-pray win over Heath Herring. But guess what–popularity figures into a title contender as much as ring performance. It’s a fact of the game, and the successful promoters understand this.
If your head was working properly you’d realize what you just saw was really nothing new. We saw this when Mark Kerr worked with Bas Rutten to ditch the one-dimensional tag, when Mark Coleman hooked up with Pat Miletich to add some tools to his toolbox and win the Pride Grand Prix 2000, and when Josh Koshcheck moved out West so Bob Cook could help him improve his anemic striking skills and stand confidently with heavy hitters Chris Lytle and Thiago Alves. In fact, the world-class wrestler turned MMAer is almost becoming cliche. The big difference this time is we are watching someone who was also involved with staged fighting several years ago. Last I checked, the former WWE star is, umm, a former WWE star.
So take off those WWE-tinted glasses, start drinking the kool-aid instead of the rotten milk, and look at what’s really going on-The evoloution of a modern MMA athlete with hall of fame potential.
[tags]MMA, UFC, Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, Dana White[/tags]