Lesnar still has some work to do (He needs to learn how to finish before he takes on top-flight talent). However, he just MAULED Herring, and only in his third professional fight. Gotta' be impressed.
And reading the people over on Sherdog's forums spewing hate for Lesnar after his post-fight taunting and posing has convinced me: If Lesnar keeps winning, he'll draw the UFC INSANE amounts of money. Heel of the Year.
I thought Lesnar was incredibly impressive last night and one could already see his improvement since his first fight. He was very mindful of any tries at grapple moves and countered or moved his body away from any apparent risk.
Although I will say that Lesnar was a bit of a moron for taunting BEFORE the fight was over. Now I know we all seen taunting during the round from other UFC fighters in the past, but almost all of them taunted when they had a good distance away from their opponent or when their opponent was running away from them.
Had Herring been able to connect or God forbid have a sudden burst of punching strength, we might've seen an unexpected knockout with only 5 seconds left in the fight.
That said, I like Lesnar a lot but oddly enough, I'm always more intrigued to see him lose. Which is funny because I don't dislike him at all. Maybe its kind of like watching Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees. We love watching them, but half the fun is seeing how they get killed at the end.
But the main reason to watch UFC last night was to watch another dissection study by my man GSP. Everytime I think he's improved to his maximum capability, he pulls out another clinic that amazes the hell out of me. I can never get bored of his incredible balance when fighters try to take him down, nor do I get tired of his constant methodical strikes.
However I have to give it to Jon Fitch who really had a heart of a lion. Although he did okay in the second round, he pretty much got pummeled all fight but he kept getting up for more, absolutely refusing to quit.
If Vince McMahon was in charge of UFC, he'd book Lesnar vs. Kongo in a heartbeat. "Look at those two monsters!"
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
As big a question as the number is the whole sponsor issue. Hendrick is tied into contracts with their 4 main sponsors for at least 1 more year (could be more). Budweiser has a contract with JR. I'm sure Bud would prefer that JR.