Brock Lesnar’s third title defense has come and gone and he could not have lost the title in more devastating fashion.
A young, undefeated heavyweight who could probably fight light heavyweight by the name of Cain Velasquez totally derailed the Lesnar train this past Saturday night at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif.
Lesnar came out like an earlier version of himself against Velasquez starting the round sprinting across the ring looking for the double leg right off the bat. Lesnar looked like the wild man that he was when he lost to Frank Mir in his first UFC fight.
Despite not having the best stand up, Brock landed some good knees to the body and was landing more punches in the opening couple of minutes, even threw and landed a flying knee to Cain's body, something you don’t see at heavyweight so often.
The early flurry from Lesnar obviously wasn’t enough as Cain remained calm and patient and when he saw his opening he took full advantage and utilized his relentless pace to put the champ away in convincing fashion.
Lesnar landed two takedowns on Cain, but Cain exploded back to his feet very quickly after both and that is ultimately what spelled disaster for Brock Lesnar.
It was a great fight for Cain Velasquez with excellent game planning on his part, it was obvious that he worked very hard on being able to get up off his back and that really was the key to the fight, making Lesnar stand back up so quickly really made Lesnar uneasy.
There was some talk by fans around the web that felt a loss for Brock Lesnar would hurt the UFC and that could not have been further from the truth.
Aside from Brock’s confidence and a few rabid Lesnar fans, nobody else was hurt by what went down last night in Anaheim, California.
Brock Lesnar losing the belt really opens the UFC heavyweight division up and for some divisions that may be a bad thing, but at heavyweight it is a great thing.
First of all, Cain Velasquez who is a first generation Mexican-American really pulled in a lot of Latino fans. The arena last night was rocking and it is clear that Velasquez has a lot of appeal towards the Latino demographic.
Whether it was by great design or just by chance, Mexico happens to be one of the countries the UFC has been working on conquering next and the dominant win by Velasquez against a pay-per-view draw as big as Brock Lesnar only spells good things for the UFC going into Mexico.
Brock Lesnar is still going to be a huge pay-per-view draw regardless of the loss and he is not going anywhere just yet. The fact of the matter is many fans either love Brock or love to hate Brock, there is something about him that has fans from both ends of the spectrum coming out in droves to see him win or lose.
This is not going to change after the one loss; did it change when Frank Mir submitted Brock Lesnar in their first fight?
Brock went on to take the title from Randy Couture and defend it on two occasions tying the record for heavyweight title defenses, all on pay per views that have consistently pulled over one million buys.
The UFC is not going to be prepared to lose a cash cow of Lesnar’s monument just because he lost the title. Marketing a comeback for a guy like Brock Lesnar will prove to be an easy task, as a comeback is always a good story line in the fight game.
Of course, Lesnar will have to win to stay relevant, but until he drops a couple in a row he will always be money in the bank for the UFC.
The UFC heavyweight division looks as competitive and as deep as it ever has, there are five or six guys at the top who could probably all beat each other on any given night and a few strong up-and-comers waiting in the wings of the division.
Unlike years past, putting on competitive title fights and No. 1 contender matchups won’t be a problem for the UFC over the next year or two at heavyweight.
That can only be a good thing for the UFC as it continues to increase the gap between its divisions and the divisions of the other big promotions.
In fact, Brock Lesnar winning could have possibly been worse for the UFC than Brock Lesnar losing. If Brock had beaten Cain he would have pretty much been holding the division hostage and if you look at Anderson Silva at middleweight, there is a clear example that too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
Bottom line is that the outcome of last night’s main event between Lesnar and Velasquez only hurt Lesnar, but acted as a building block and stepping stone for all other parties.
Even for Lesnar, this will probably be a tremendous building experience in its own right.
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