By Curtis Clontz on Jul 04, 2009
Once upon a time I posted a piece entitled Brock Lesnar vs. Kimbo Slice, in it I compared the lives of the two influential fighters. Round two comes to us thanks to the emergence of Bobby Lashley. These two are monsters of men, they both have wrestling backgrounds (in more ways than one), and both are super stars. Tons of people around the MMA world consider these guys to be eerily similar, but they are actually very different!
Brock Lesnar(#4 IWMMAR) is a two time NCAA All American. His athleticism and size have helped him earn his share of the UFC’s Heavyweight title, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Lesnar started his MMA career with a dominating win over Min Soo Kim. It may have been dominating, but Kim is currently 3-6 and has never been considered a solid pro fighter. That would be Brock’s last tune up fight. Up next was Frank Mir. Mir proved to much for the much bigger Lesnar. It showed that Lesnar was not going to win on size and wrestling alone, and that he still needed work. I contribute that loss the the world class ground game and game plan plan of Mir.
UFC 87 called for Lesnar to take on Heath Herring. Herring became a superstar in the UFC overnight due to a well placed head kick, and was the perfect person to test Lesnar’s growing progression. Some considered this fight to be a bore-fest. The over rated Herring had no answer for the smothering skills of Lesnar, but in the end we learned nothing new about Brock.
The win over Herring set the stage for a UFC 91 showdown with MMA legend Randy Couture (#6 IWMMAR). Fans of The Natural were not happy at the conclusion of this fight. Brock showed us the power he possesses in his hands as he dropped the future hall of famer and earned a share of the UFC title.
On the other side of the spectrum is another former professional wrestler. One that has not been offered the riches of the UFC. Bobby Lashley at times has been seen as the guy who is getting left out. The more fans he gets, the more people that are screaming for him to fight on the big shows!
In terms of Lashley, the most asked question seems to be…They did it for Brock, why not Bobby?
The question seems difficult to answer but it is not at all. Simply, Brock is better for the UFC than Lashley. Brock was groomed for the UFC and is Dana’s boy. Not to mention he is just a better fighter.
How could this be?
Bobby Lashley is not as good a fighter as Brock Lesnar. I come up with this assessment this way…
Although Lashley has a better record, he has been fighting guys that mid tier UFC heavys would have destroyed. In his first fight he took on Joshua Franklin. He didn’t have a 3-6 record, but he was making his pro debut, and he hasn’t fought since the December of 08 fight.
Four months later Lashley was fighting again, this time against a surprisingly game Jason Guida. Yes, the same one from TUF. It says something when you are remembered for the negatives of TUF instead of the positives. This is the same Guide that couldn’t make weight. Lashley was supposed to finish Guida but he was unable to do so. Guida does have close to 40 pro fights, but he has lost 17 of them. Not a record that screams impressive opposition.
Bobby then moved on to fight Mike Cook. Cook has a 7-4 record, but has never defeated anyone that has more wins than losses. He is beating up on guys that aren’t even average… Again, not the greatest challenger.
He then took on a character of sorts in Bob Sapp. In America Sapp is better known for his movie role in The Longest Yard than his MMA career. More people remember his “I love little Michael” line, than his long K1 career. All in all, Sapp has become more of a celebrity and has been fighting cartoon characters instead of decent fighters.
This does put Lashley at an impressive 4-0, but he hasn’t beat anyone yet. Could it be true that the Lashley camp is full of yes men that are all about using his name to get paid? We will not know until he fights a true fighter. Someone that can really fight. In the future he will get a chance with a top organization, and it will be time to prove he is ready for the prime time show.
Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley fit like the old saying “it’s the exact same, but completely different”. They are both monsters, guys that would scare grown men in daylight. They were great college wrestlers, and pro wrestling superstars. The two have an incredible upside, and are going to make their organizations tons of money, but let’s not get crazy. The two are completely different fighters. Just because Brock got his chance, does not mean that the UFC will do the same for Bobby Lashley. Only time will tell what will happen, but don’t be surprised is the UFC continues to pass on baby Brock.
About the Author: Curtis works as an associate editor for MMA Opinion. He is the old man of the bunch at 28. Like many of our viewers he is a U.S. Military vet. He has spent almost 9 years in the U.S. Navy. The Aviation Rescue Swimmer spends his time engulfed in the world of MMA. He has written for over 9 different websites and online magazines in all. He helps out with ESPN Radio 1310’s The Fight Zone on a regular basis. Curtis is a sports enthusiast and loves Duke basketball.