In quasi-related MMA news, ESPN had an Outside the Lines report today on former NFL stars trying to transition in this new arena. Sapp was the obvious success story. Micheal Westbrook had one fight against a former NFL runner and won, but hasn't fought professionally against a MMA veteran. A former Detroit Lion receiver lasted about 30 seconds in his fight and was suspended for positive drug tests.
Lesnar might pop some buyrates, so this is a savvy business move. And whoever takes down Lesnar gets some positive news coverage in columns and magazines that might never otherwise report that fighter's name.
I admit, I'm curious to see him fight. I'm a newcomer to UFC and MMA in general, and as a longtime rasslin fan, I think I'm exactly the kind of guy this news would appeal to most.
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It's a two year deal, and he's expected to fight on the Superbowl weekend show.
This is cool. A lot of MMA fans don't like Lesnar's hype, which is understandable, but he's got some serious potential with his size and wrestling background. It all depends on how UFC wants to go with him. If they see the long term potential, they'll give him a series of lower card fights to help him gain experience and grow as a fighter. If they're just in this for the short term celebrity appeal, he'll get one or two wins against rookies and then get demolished in whatever high profile matchup they wanted him for.
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That the great thing about UFC. They can't market the coolest, or most charismatic guys, because anyone can pretty much beat anyone on any given night. Just ask Cro Cop. Actually, I think that is the very reason they started fixing wrestling in the first place.
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Originally posted by kentishThat the great thing about UFC. They can't market the coolest, or most charismatic guys, because anyone can pretty much beat anyone on any given night. Just ask Cro Cop. Actually, I think that is the very reason they started fixing wrestling in the first place.
Uh with all due respect, I always thought it was because it was decided that making it APPEAR like the champion COULD be beaten made more money-making sense. You know, like a live action game of ringtoss? Hence, the birth of the mark (aka, the fool willing to depart with his money believing he could become a champion, too).
http://www.wrestlingobserver.com/wo/news/headlines/default.asp?aID=20209 Well, so much for the era of Sherk as the dominant champ. If UFC wanted to gain some good pub for itself in the wake of this (and in the wake of the Benoit/Bonds controversy)