Fronted by Luke Thomas. Your's truly also has some crow to eat on this issue.
There, I said it. I said last week when I was confidently predicting that Herring would at least challenge Lesnar and trying to remind everyone that we had seen absolutely nothing from Lesnar yet to warrant all the ridiculous hype and predictions of domination in the heavyweight class that were everywhere, that if Lesnar actually did steamroll Herring I would come back, man up, and admit I was wrong. So I was wrong.
Lesnar earned a little respect from me with the way he absolutely dominated and controlled Herring. He would have earned more if he could have finished him, but I was one of the guys saying that Herring is almost impossible to finish so I guess I can't have it both ways there. After that first shot, though, it sure seemed like anyone with even a little bit of actual skill instead of just brute strength should have been able to get the job done.
Something I haven't yet seen much comment on is the knees. I was impressed with Lesnar's use of the knees when he had Herring down. More people should take advantage of those knees to the body and kidneys; devastating shots -- just ask Matt Serra how devastating they can be.
Whatever respect he earned, though, he completely lost at the end of the fight when he apparently forgot that he's not in the WWE anymore. Nobody is going to convince me that it's "good" for mma or the UFC to have somebody acting like Lesnar did. It's not "colorful" and it's not great to see somebody fill the "bad boy" role. He was basically just an ass. I never really embraced Tito Ortiz doing it, either, but at least Tito Ortiz acted that way after things like big grudge matches (Shamrock) and after actually having been a world champion. Lesnar is acting like the king of the world after going 1-1 against guys the UFC thought he would beat. "Do you see me now?" Douchebag. Period. And no matter what was written in the live reports, if you didn't think he was trying to insult Herring then you were watching something different than I was. Pretending to "ride" him like a horse, pretending to lasso him, laughing and pointing. That was ridiculous from somebody that has yet to prove he can do more than mash on a downed opponent. I'll never be a Lesnar fan.
But I admit I was wrong in thinking Herring's experience would actually test Lesnar.