UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock has been known to say some off-the-wall things, so the title of this post shouldn't surprise you much. In a long, interesting interview with Showdown Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet, Shamrock shared his opinion of former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. He believes that Lesnar could have been the best fighter ever if the UFC had handled him properly (transcribed by MMA Mania, Lesnar stuff starts at 20:15 of the video):
"I think Brock mentally got beat, but I always thought that they didn't treat Brock right either. I thought they threw him in too soon. He's fighting guys that had 20 fights in his second fight because he's so massive and so impressive. It wasn't fair to him. If he would have got groomed properly, he could've been the best fighter in any weight class, best pound-for-pound ever, if he was groomed properly.
I'm not sure that [the diverticulitis] is everything. I know that's a big part of it, but what if he was training properly? Would that have even been a factor? I don't even know. I'm just saying, this guy had an opportunity to be great, and I just saw him mentally get dwindled down because he was thrown right into that. With guys that had a lot more fights than him, a lot more technical than him. Imagine what you could have done with this guy if you had groomed him properly?"
Lesnar (5-3) retired from MMA after a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 in 2011. According to UFC president Dana White stated that Lesnar was considering a return to face Fedor Emelianenko at a stadium show last year, but Fedor backed out when his father passed away. He has since re-signed with the WWE for two more years.