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Roy Nelson is correct about Brock Lesnar
In regards to Brock Lesnar perhaps being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame one day, Randy Couture said this on "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV on Tuesday: “I think he definitely should be. He made a huge impact in the sport and we saw that on all the pay per view fights.”
On Thursday, toward the end of an 12-minute interview Roy Nelson said this to MMA Fighting: "If Brock belongs in the Hall of Fame, so do I . . . Got four fights, whatever, in the UFC . . . It's not that hard to win a title when it's kind of set up for you that way."
We're going to give the edge here to Nelson. Lesnar should not go into the UFC Hall of Fame, unless of course it's an actual building that people can walk into.
Lesnar had eight pro fights and won five of them. He won the heavyweight title in his fourth pro fight by beating the 40-plus-pounds-lighter Randy Couture, then defended it against Frank Mir, took a year off to fight diverticulitis, and defended it once more against Shane Carwin. Then came Cain Velasquez, a loss, another year away to fight diverticulitis and a loss to Alistair Overeem.
Sure, he sold pay-per-views but that's because he was already an established name from his WWE days. If the Undertaker was in the octagon, that would sell pay-per-views as well. Some people just make headlines, such as when Lesnar tried out for the Minnesota Vikings, too.
Lesnar's impact on the actual sport of MMA was minimal. He didn't bring anything new to the sport. He was just a large man who charged at you, and if you didn't know how to hit him properly, you were done. Kind of like Bald Bull in "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" for Nintendo. One heavyweight fighter tried to bulk up to beat him (Mir) and it didn't work (thanks to that leaping knee attempt). And when he got punched in the face, he faded.
Did Lesnar's illness slow him down? Absolutely. But that's part of sports.
Lesnar was more of a promotional success than anything else. If there's a business wing of the UFC Hall of Fame, stick Lesnar there, but you can't put him in the same group as Couture, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and Dan Severn.