While Jonathan Snowden found little to be impressed about in his take on the UFC 116 main event, many in the Bloody Elbow community took offense to his reaction, and rightly so. Unlike the UFC 116 main event, Snowden's piece was technically proficient. Spelling was fine for the most part. Paragraph and sentence structure was also fine.
But here's what Snowden's piece didn't have: relevance. His criticism of the main event may be fair. However, like most of his writing, it's meaningless -- sound and fury, signifying nothing. As Luke Thomas pointed out:
UFC 116 was a home run in the most meaningful entertainment and sporting way. I take Snowden's criticism that we weren't watching sophisticated technique as fair, but not particularly topical. This isn't the Ultimate Technique Championship or Mixed Martial Techniques. We are watching sport fight and whoever wins in sports fighting is the best. Besides, isn't this the same criticism he faced in collegiate wrestling? Lesnar is finding ways to win and that's what matters. You're not going to see Lesnar hit arm-drag backtakes, but you are going to see hand raised at the end of the fight. There are liabilities to that style, but that doesn't diminish it's[sic] offensive potency.
Lesnar-Carwin effectively settled the argument about the best heavyweight in the world. The fact that Lesnar wouldn't know a d'Arce from a dartboard does not matter. What mattered is that the guy took a tremendous beating, manned up and finished his toughest fight to date.
THIS PORTION OF THE FANPOST EDITED FOR CIVILITY.
We learned a few things about Brock Lesnar tonight. We confirmed what many suspected: Brock Lesnar doesn't like to get hit. As soon as Carwin touched him, Lesnar did more than cover up. He flat cowered against the cage. He wasn't hurt as much as terrified. Make no mistake-Carwin had that fight won. Against anyone who isn't the promotion's heavyweight champion, that fight gets stopped due to some brutal ground and pound.
Who actually LIKES to get hit? I mean, seriously. And "as soon as Carwin touched him" with an uppercut that landed flush, Lesnar did indeed back up. He wilted but he did not go unconscious. He defended and managed to do something no one else has done against Carwin's power: Brock stood back up. I'm not sure that's cowering. That's defending and surviving. Those same types of shots from Carwin put out Gonzaga, Mir and a host of other fighters. Lesnar weathered the best that Carwin had, and came out on top. That was amazing. Now, pay attention to the last sentence up there. It'll come back into play in a moment.
And we learned a lot about Snowden from that post: He's thin-skinned, willing to piss off BE members, but unwilling to be criticized. He doesn't like to be hit, either, apparently, and cowers behind warnings and defends with deletions.
Lucky for Lesnar, Carwin isn't merely a one-round fighter. He doesn't event[sic] have that much in him. Three minutes into the bout and Carwin's heaving breaths couldn't feed his mammoth muscles. Lesnar survived, less because of his own defensive prowess and more because Carwin gassed and gassed bad.
Wait ... which was it? Was Lesnar saved by the ref or saved by Carwin gassing? Which was it? The fact is, Josh Rosenthal reffed his ass off in that fight. He made the right decision to let it go on. Lesnar's defense wasn't too bad, considering he had a 265-pound professional athlete on top of him, raining down punches and elbows. And yes, Carwin gassed. I've got a feeling almost anyone would. I won't even get into the fact that Snowden's on the verge of fighter-bashing, IMO.
Lesnar took him to the mat with a sloppy tackle and shortly thereafter finished him with an arm triangle. It was hardly a display of technical prowess.
Did you notice the takedown, the transitions to mount and then side control? Did you notice the arm triangle? I mean, what do you want here? Maybe next time Lesnar can win with an omoplata. Would that help? No, the fight wasn't GSP-Penn III, but it was incredibly dramatic and compelling. It wasn't sloppy kickboxing. It was a fight that decided the pecking order of the heavyweight division in MMA, whether you like it or not. It was a fitting main event to one of the most entertaining cards I've seen all year.
Here's the thing: Writers/reporters are always looking for a different angle, something to drive readership. But to write something that so obviously missed the mark -- something that's purposely insulting to both fighters -- shows me that Snowden either wasn't paying attention or simply enjoys trolling the BE fanbase. Brock's win was classic -- it was the kind of win that we've seen pulled off by Big Nog and by Fedor. Neither of those guys ever got criticized like this. Those guys are fanboy darlings.
I'm not a Brock Lesnar fan. But after last night I respect the hell out of him. He's one tough fighter. With his back against the cage he found a way to win. A guy who doesn't recognize that -- a guy who goes out of his way to criticize that incredibly compelling main event for being "sloppy" -- is just at odds with reality.