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Brock Lesnar needs an opponent

So UFC boss Dana White caved to the Twitterazzi and scrapped a planned third fight between former heavyweight champs Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Dave Meltzer over at Yahoo! Sports says that’s a bad idea: Mir/Lesnar III would be a huge pay-per-view draw, is akin to the much-hated, highly watched Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III,  and besides, who else are you going to get to fight Lesnar?

Admittedly, Meltzer’s argument has merit. While a threepeat won’t come close to matching the 1.6 million PPV buys that the second fight at UFC 100 drew (although that card had the advantage of welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves, Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping and Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago), it would still be one of the biggest draws of 2011. And there are a dearth of heavyweights who seem like they could really challenge Lesnar (Junior Dos Santos has a date with newly crowned champ Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson has legal woes, Shane Carwin is out with a back injury).

Except, Lesnar’s a draw no matter who he fights. If it’s a contender, then we tune in to watch a war (and another possible Lesnar loss); if it’s a can, then we tune in to watch an execution. So toss him a legend like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira or Cheick Kongo or Brendan Schaub, both of whom are swing-for-the-fences strikers – and we all know how much Lesnar hates to get hit.

Of course, all of this depends on Lesnar, who’s off killing wild animals with a high-powered rifle. Who knows when – or even if – he wants to fight in the UFC again. After that beating from Velasquez, I’m betting the fake punches and huge paydays that pro wrestling provides are looking pretty good right about now. And as Meltzer points out, the only thing keeping Lesnar out of the WWE is Dana White and his UFC contract.

1 comment

1 Michael Avi { 11.29.10 at 2:28 pm }

Now is a good time to buy Fedor into the UFC!!! Brock Vs. Fedor!

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