UFC 99 has just ended, and we've still got the Ultimate Fighter Finale ahead of us this Saturday, but the hype is already building for UFC 100. And UFC President Dana White has some very strong words about Brock Lesnar, who will fight Frank Mir in the UFC 100 main event.
Talking about Lesnar's first UFC fight, a first-round submission loss to Mir, White said, "He was absolutely dominating Frank Mir -- a former world champion -- before he got caught in a submission."
And White added that after watching how far Lesnar came in his second fight, a win over Heath Herring, he believes that Lesnar could some day be looked at as the best heavyweight ever to step into the Octagon.
"After his first fight there were a lot of questions," White said. "Did he come into the UFC too fast? Should he have gotten more experience in the smaller shows before he got into the UFC? And he absolutely destroyed all those questions in his second outing against Heath Herring. Heath Herring is a guy who has fought all over the world, in the best organizations in the world, been in big fights before, and Brock Lesnar absolutely dominated him. Smashed him, beat him up for three rounds, and that answered all the questions right there about him. That was the day I said this guy absolutely belongs in the UFC, and if he keeps progressing at this level could possibly be the best heavyweight fighter in UFC history."
I think Lesnar is the most talented athlete ever to fight in the UFC's heavyweight division, but my biggest question is whether Lesnar -- who turns 32 the day after UFC 100 -- is just too old to have the kind of long run as the UFC champion that he would need to have in order to be considered the best heavyweight ever.
Yes, I know, Randy Couture was the UFC heavyweight champion into his 40s, but very, very few athletes can compete at a high level past their mid-30s. Lesnar is a great fighter, and I'm already in a lather about his fight with Mir, but to be considered the best heavyweight ever I think he'd need to be at the top of his game for a few years, and I'm not sure a guy whose first UFC fight was after his 30th birthday will be able to do that.
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