(Maybe it’s just the camera angle, but Lesnar does appear to have a slight size advantage. Photo courtesy of The Sun.)
LAS VEGAS – In a stunning upset, Brock Lesnar became the first man to capture both the WWE Championship and the UFC Heavyweight Championship* when he defeated UFC fan favorite Randy “The Natural” Couture on Saturday night in Sin City…
For Lesnar, the road to UFC gold proved surprisingly short. Within roughly six months**, the former WWE Superstar climbed to the top of the ultimate fighting heap, capping his ascent with the upset victory over Couture.
Critics have noted that many of the fights on the UFC pay-per-view ended in the first round, leaving UFC producers scrambling to fill the three-hour event with content. The dearth of hearty competition*** left many viewers to watch less prestigious under-card fights and only served to bolster claims that UFC pay-per-view events can often be a “crap shoot”**** in regards to filling the full three hours.
For his part, Lesnar took the encouragment of the WWE Universe***** and the hard lessons forged during his fiery time at WWE and showed UFC and the world why he is not only a man of mettle but also a former three-time WWE Champion.
* Not true. Matt Serra briefly performed for the WWE under the name “The Fabulous Goombah.”
** Very roughly. Going from the time of Lesnar’s first UFC fight, it’s more like nine months. And going from the time that he first signed with the UFC, it’s over a year.
*** If by “dearth” you mean “overabundance,” then yes, there was a dearth of hearty competition. UFC 91 made up for its small number of marquee names with a crazy amount of action. Was anybody, besides Randy Couture superfans, disappointed with this event?
**** I love how they put “crap shoot” in quotes. It’s like, “Hey, I’ve never heard this term before, but apparently this is what people are saying.” P.s.: They aren’t. The UFC fills out their pay-per-view broadcasts with the most exciting fights from the undercard. Fans generally don’t have a problem with this.