Even before the newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion entered the Octagon at UFC 91 to take on Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar was already fighting off comparisons of being the next Kimbo Slice. Sure he and the former YouTube legend are both heavyweight fighters that entered MMA’s biggest stages with a lot of hype, but not a lot of experience, however Lesnar has two significant assets that Slice does not. True MMA talent, and now, a championship belt.
“The only thing that mattered was that I believed in myself,” Lesnar said of the skepticism surrounding his MMA abilities. “You guys out there do your job. There’s always going to be that, but I’ve been an athlete since I was five years old. I don’t even have the internet. I don’t read the newspapers. I quit doing that a long time ago. I’m just happy I came and succeeded and all my hard work paid off.”
His commitment and dedication paid off big time Saturday night, as he used his overwhelming size, speed and agility to take out the UFC Hall of Famer.
“I wanted to get first blood on Randy; something in my head said, ‘alright, we’ve got to pick this up,’” Lesnar stated. “After getting into a few exchanges with him I felt like I was connecting with him, and he connected with me but, quite frankly, I just felt like I was hitting harder and I was going to connect before he did.”
The blow that changed the course of the fight was landed by Lesnar about three minutes into the 2ndRound. A sharp right caught Couture in his left temple/ear area, sending him immediately to the mat. Lesnar pounced on him with a flurry of strikes and the fight had to be stopped.
The moment was quite surreal for Lesnar, as he was almost overcome with anxious energy just eight minutes prior to beating the MMA legend.
“Honest to God, up until when they said ‘let’s go,’ I was pretty nervous,” he admitted. “I didn’t really know what to expect. That 1stRound for me was kind of a feel-out round, and to feel exactly what this guy’s capable of doing.”
MMA fans know what Lesnar is capable of now, and you can stop with all of those Kimbo Slice comparisons too. Lesnar is in a completely different class. A champion’s class.
“If I had hair, I’d pull it out,” UFC president Dana White stated when asked about how he responds to Lesnar’s Kimbo comparisons.
Lesnar, on the other hand, could care less about being compared to an over-hyped and unproven street fighter.
“At the end, when the time is up and your hand is raised, that’s what matters,” he said. “I need a rematch with Frank Mir!”
Mir handed Lesnar his only professional defeat at UFC 81, Lesnar’s debut for the organization.