Very similar to the recent UFC 114 main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. “Sugar” Rashad Evans, the bout features two warriors of very similar size, strength, and skill at the very top of their weight class battling it out. Only this time, there’s a title belt on the line.
UFC 100, Brock Lesnar suffered from what is called diverticulitis, a complication in his digestive which, as he revealed inn one of his interviews, created a large hole in his stomach. At one point, doctors even told him that he did not have long to live.
Lesnar magically recovered, though, as the minor treatments the hospitals had given him for a few weeks were apparently enough to allow his body to begin healing itself. Lesnar recovered soon after, and was back in the gym, more than prepared to defend his title again.
In fact, most fans and journalists seemed to give the edge to him. The basic thought was that if Carwin manages to catch Lesnar early in the fight, like he’s been able to do with all his past fights, then Brock Lesnar would go to sleep like the rest. I discussed this with some of my friends recently and they all agreed on. I, for one, questioned it a bit. Humorously, I said “well, Brock has that extremely large melon for a head. I don’t think it’s gonna be that easy to smash.” In that sense, I had the fight at 50-50. I was personally rooting for Carwin because I wanted to see what Brock would do if he lost his belt, but I knew that it wasn’t going to be that easy.
But, then, my early thoughts had come to pass: Brock stayed awake! He never gave up and the fight went into the second round. It was the first second round of Shane Carwin’s professional MMA career. This was going to be the big one.
Lesnar’s corner told him to move and punch, not back away and cover up like he did in the first round. They told him it would now be in his favor this second round because Carwin had punched himself out. Most of the time, cornermen exaggerate the truth to their fighters in order to build their confidence up. This is what UFC color commentator Joe Rogan terms as “the Kool-Aid”.
Two things happened there that I never expected:
1) That Brock would survive that onslaught
2) That Brock would submit Carwin in the very next round
All the respect to Brock Lesnar. He may act like a true asshole in front of the camerafrom time to time, but he’s a legitimate mixed martial arts champion. He looked death straight in the face only a few months prior, battled against it, won, then fought against the next toughest heavyweight in the UFC and won. That is just plain awesome.
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