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[VIDEO] Randy Couture Says Brock Lesnar Should Be Inducted Into the UFC HOF…Wait, What?!

(All he needed was a little convincing.) 

It takes one to know one, we guess, because according to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, former UFC Heavyweight Champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar should be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Yes, on last night’s episode of UFC Tonight, Couture sat down alongside Kenny Florian and Todd Harris to answer questions from all around the Twittersphere, because apparently that’s something which happens now. Among the questions asked were, “Do you have any up and comers in [Team Couture] that have a chance to make an impact in the next two years?” Couture was quick to point out Martin Kampmann, but also commended welterweight contender Mike Pyle, who he stated was “one of the most talented guys I’ve had the privilege of training with the last seven years.”

But Couture’s most interesting comment came after he was asked whether or not Lesnar deserved a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. Considering Lesnar’s brief run in the sport, which totaled just over four years in its entirety, combined with his mediocre 5-3 record, one would not expect that Couture would be quick to jump on the “yes” bandwagon. Then again, Lesnar was able to capture the Heavyweight title by pummeling Couture into masturbatory hammerfist oblivion at UFC 91, so perhaps it made sense for Couture to declare that Lesnar did in fact deserve a spot alongside such names as Chuck Liddell, Royce Gracie, and Matt Hughes. Oh, and let’s not forget Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn.

Anyway, check out the video below, and let us know what you think of Couture’s assessment in the comments section. Not that we need to remind you, but be sure to be as scathing with your criticisms as humanly possible.

Couture’s main argument was that one should look at more than just the numbers when determining Lesnar’s place in MMA history. Regardless of his brief time in the sport, Lesnar was able to make a huge impact, and managed to convert entirely new legions of fans to the sport, so he has earned a consideration at the minimum according to “The Natural.” Florian agrees with this notion, stating that, “No one probably will ever have that kind of an impact in that short amount of time.”

Agree or disagree, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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linzhancj- May 25, 2012 at 9:42 am
Enricho Palazzo- May 24, 2012 at 10:19 am
Brock failed himself by throwing himself to the dogs right out of the gate when he told Dana White that he only wanted to fight "the best" when he joined the UFC. Dana, in turn, failed Brock by listening to him and putting an inexperienced rookie in the big fights. He should've been pitted against the lower-tier fighters of the heavyweight division at that time in order to gain some experience before being matched against the division's elite. I think it's a strong possibility that Brock would've never made it to a title shot had someone like Todd Duffee been given the opportunity to test Brock's chin long before Cain got to him. I also think the Heath Herring fight would've had a very different outcome had Brock not shattered Heath's orbital bone with one of his very first punches. So I really don't think Brock is deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame, even if I was pulling for him to succeed the whole time.
jjrdias- May 24, 2012 at 8:26 am
Lesnar was champ of a wafer-thin HW division. Nowadays, he'd get his ass handed to him by 80 percent of the competition. That's why he quit. Smart man.
J. Jones- May 24, 2012 at 9:51 am
Although I don't necessarily agree with you, I am definitely stealing the phrase "wafer-thin" for future use.
Rhynomite- May 24, 2012 at 6:24 am
fukin rights. Brock was the biggest draw in the UFC plus was Heavyweight champ in a short period of time
Tana Ashton- May 24, 2012 at 1:41 am
who he stated was “one of the most talented guys I’ve had the privilege of training with the last seven years.”
Scrazy129- May 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm
I think that it's a misconception that only the WWE crowd shot up the ppv numbers. I think more than average UFC fans ordered to see him too.
Joedirt- May 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm
Towelie I couldn't agree more... those are my thoughts exactly. Lesnar was a tough fighter but still.... his record (regardless of who he lost to) is not good enough and his accomplishments are few. Even Tim Sylvia is a 2 time UFC champ 30-7 (ufc record 9-4) and NOBODY besides Tim Sylvia wants Tim Sylvia in the HOF. The ONLY thing that Lesnar was good for was getting WWE fans to buy UFC events.
Scrazy129- May 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm
The guy has drawn more dollars for the UFC in ppv buys than anybody in history. The second would be GSP. The third nobody know because nobody has come close enough to either to care.
towelie- May 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Personally, I think the UFC jumped the gun on having a Hall of Fame. They are just using it as another marketing ploy for the UFC it seems. They are not even 20 years old yet. Hall of Fames typically come about after generations of fans have enjoyed a sport or music for that matter. DW will tell you he's done this to honor the fighters, but everyone knows that ain't true. I love the sport, but I think I am getting burnt out on the UFC. His agent, Ari Emanuel, is a smart man.
Barnaby Jones- May 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Of course the HOF is a "marketing ploy". Zuffa is running a business. Everything they ever do will be to make more money. That doesn't discredit it in my books though. All professional sports leagues are the same that way, they are businesses first.

The UFC would logically make a HOF a lot sooner than most other sports because you can't exactly compete in it for very long. Sure, if this was a dart league where people competed for fifty years it would look shady. In this sport having a career last a decade isn't very wise for long term effects on your body.

The UFC represents the sport on a global scale. They need to do everything they can to become recognized, a HOF is just one step in the process.
Seoul Brother- May 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Maybe Honkey Kong could be the greeter.
NomadRip- May 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Early onset pugilistic dementia.
Fried Taco- May 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
I do think Lesnar is deserving of having his life-size cutout standing right outside the entrance to the HOF.
Fletch the V Stretch- May 24, 2012 at 6:35 am
Keep it up Taco, making work better for me one day at a time.
Fletch the V Stretch- May 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm
LMFAO. Has anyone seen Countdown to UFC 146 with Roy Nelson practicing Kung Fu? Hilare. Reminds me of the Disney movie with the fat ass panda.
Jew Jitsu- May 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm
I dont see how his record is mediocre. Of his three losses one was convincingly avenged against a guy whos a former 2 time champ and fighting for the title this week and another loss should be a no contest. Keep in mind he took out another former champ in Carwin as well as one of the all time greats in Couture and it doesnt look mediocre whatsoever. Now as for HOF I dont know about that but I definately would not be surprised if in a year or two we see him back for a trilogy with Mir maybe that would define his legacy.
LOKI- May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm
HGH has been proven to have adverse effects on ones judgement.
RearNakedSpoon- May 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm
It's pronounced Sha-ame, Mr Couture.
knucklesamitch- May 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm
I will not argue the impact Lesnar had in his short time in the octagon, and he undoubtedly brought lots of new fans to the UFC, but with that said, I don' think he is a HoFer.

If Andrew Luck or RG3 win a superbowl in their first season or two, and then regress to a ryan leaf type of career, I somehow doubt that the NFL will be allowing them into Canton ... A small sample of excellence is not enough to warrant a HoF career.
Kimbo Lesnar- May 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm
By that logic, you could say the same about Kimbo. The UFC HOF should be about the sport of MMA, not about the UFC's bottom line. Give it to anyone who sported a belt, and you would have to include Tim Sylvia, which I do not expect.