Brock Lesnar did not look like the baddest man on the planet Saturday night. I saw shades of Mike Russow, Tito Ortiz, and even Bob Sapp, but not the most dangerous man in world.
Because Lesnar put a modified wrestling move on a gassed opponent some fans are elevating his "come from behind" victory (ass-kicking) to epic heights. Maybe because of the hype of Dana White's proclamation that these are the two best heavy weights in the world, or maybe simply by virtue of being in the UFC, it means more to people. It's hard to tell.
A lot of people aren't talking about how utterly wrong every talking point on this fight proved to be. Brock didn't out wrestle Shane Carwin, defeating three of Brocks take downs. And Brock was able to eat some hard shots from Carwin without going out. Everything we thought was a foregone conclusion on Friday, didn't pan out on Saturday.
It's painfully obvious as well that Brock's game plan did go right out the window once he got hit, and most of his composure with it.
Carwin threw a hard right at about 4:29 in the first round and Lesnar went in for the take down. Carwin threw Lesnar over and wasn't taken down by the "superior wrestler", while giving Lesnar a knee for his troubles.
Carwin then threw an uppercut at 4:00 minutes that set the tone for the rest of the round. Lesnar tried to drop at first and threw his knee up, but in the intensity of the moment ran the other way and collapsed on the fence.
I won't say the fight should have been stopped, though most fights would have been. I give Lesnar credit for staying lucid and trying to move. I take credit from Carwin for not relaxing and picking more powerful shots. Carwin's best hits were from elbows from the top, but Shane spent way too much energy hitting Lesnar's arms.
Brock got back up and held Carwin to the cage for about 50 seconds, mostly resting. Carwin then stuffed Lesnar third take down attempt against the cage.
As the bell for the second round sounded the fight was over.
Shane Carwin, for whatever reason, was too tired, or too over-excited to continue fighting. Through he threw another decent shot or two, his arms were down and his movement was sluggish. Lesnar finally got the take down at 4:10 into the second round, though it looked more like Carwin just fell on his back from exhaustion.
Brock put in an arm triangle, and Shane was pushing against Brock elbow to defend thinking he had enough room, but it was over with a tap when Lesnar got a better angle on the choke.
It was one hell of a spectacle, but it wasn't that impressive on Brock's part, other than eating a few hard shots and staying composed. Composed but not really fighting anyway.
Carwin on the other hand probably put too much pressure on himself to end things in the first round and wasn't prepared for such high stakes. I think Shane should quit his day job, eat a little cleaner, and drop a little weight to up his cardio.
Much like the Russow/Duffee match, one guy got his ass kicked but was able to capitalize on a tired big man across the ring.
I wouldn't pick Lesnar in a rematch, that's for sure.
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