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Thinking Small for Brock Lesnar

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Sam Caplan of 5 Ounces of Pain and the ProElite blog wrote some of the best reviews of UFC 81 I saw anywhere on the net. His critiques of both the show production and the fights were insightful and IMO spot-on. But his ideas for who should be next to face Brock Lesnar are just plain terrible. NONE of these guys will face Lesnar next, they're just not matchups that would make Dana money.

Top Five Potential Next Opponents for Brock Lesnar:
  1. Carmelo Marrero - He's not under UFC contract right now but you can change that situation with a phone call. Marrero is a good wrestler while Lesnar is a great wrestler. While Marrero has dropped to light heavyweight I'm sure you could convince him to move back up, which would mean Brock would have an opponent that he could totally rag doll. Credit goes to Sam Cupitt for this idea.
  2. Justin McCully - He's pretty much a ground and pound guy. He has some submissions, but he's no Frank Mir. Basically, if he doesn't put Lesnar on his back, I don't see how he wins.
  3. Krzysztof Soszynski - Big, muscular dude. He has the kind of look you can sell to a casual fan. Like Lesnar, he's a former pro wrestler and is relatively new to MMA. He made tremendous strides last year but I still think Lesnar could destroy him because Lesnar is a big heavyweight while Soszynski is a small one.
  4. Wes Sims - A lot of people booed for Lesnar last night but if you put him in a fight against Wes Sims a lot of those same fans would cheer because they dislike Sims even more. Yes, I realize putting Lesnar vs. Sims on a card is very transparent but how many people would mark out seeing Sims getting demolished by Lesnar?
  5. Brandon Lee Hinkle - Hinkle is a dangerous opponent against strikers because of his lay and pray style. But what are the chances he gets Lesnar off his feet? Even if he did, he'd be giving up so much weight and strength against Lesnar that I think Brock could turn the tide.

None of these guys are remotely draws and I don't think any of them (except McCully) are even currently signed. Lesnar's next fight will likely be Tim Sylvia, Gabriel Gonzaga, a re-signed Andrei Arlovski, a rejuvinated Cro Cop (Sam reports that today's is the Croatian's deadline to get back to Dana White on his future plans) or the winner of Kongo/Herring (either of whom Lesnar should be able to beat). If they're going to put him in against a scrub it will likely be Antoni Hardonk or Eddie Sanchez. Those guys are coming off TKO wins that will at least look 1/2 way decent on the promo reels. (thanks to my fellow BE staffers for pointing out obvious possibilities I missed).