The UFC and the world of mixed martial arts has a new face and his name is Brock Lesnar. Last night in Las Vegas, a new champion in the heavyweight division was crowned. With only four pro fights under his belt, the sky is the limit for this massive presence.
Randy Couture was dominated by Lesnar last night and eventually pounded out in the second round. Speed, power, and size was just too much to overcome for Couture. There might not be a fighter in the world that can deal with Lesnar, he is just a freak.
The first was pretty action packed as both fighters landed some nice strikes. Couture was able to get Lesnar up against the cage and that's where he wanted him. Lesnar however, was able to get Couture down and hit him with a few good punches. Randy then got back to his feet where they exchanged a few more good punches to end round one.
The second round was all Brock Lesnar. Both guys looked pretty fresh but it was Lesnar who landed a big punch to the top of Couture's head that buckled him putting him on the canvas. Lesnar jumped right on him and landed what seemed like eighty unanswered punches before the ref jumped in to stop it.
It was a great performance by a fighter just really learning the game. There is no ceiling for Brock Lesnar. He is the most imposing figure ever to step into the octagon, and there's no doubt about it. He has the look of a star and people want to see what he's going to do next.
Up next for Lesnar will be the winner of the Antonio Nogueira vs Frank Mir fight that takes place on December 27th. Both fighters will present problems for Lesnar but a win for him will skyrocket his stock thru the roof.
Kenny Florian is another fighter that looked fantastic last night. He won in dominating fashion over a very well rounded Joe Stevenson. In what I thought could be the fight of the night was a just a clinic by Florian. Stevenson had no answer for his overall skills and was forced to tap due to a rear naked choke just four minutes into the first round.
The win earned Florian at shot at BJ Penn's lightweight title. It is very well deserved. Kenny has won six fights in a row and has improved every single time he has stepped into the cage. The overall skills he has just might be enough to hang with Penn, one of the most talented fighters I have seen.
Submission of the night went to Dustin Hazelett. This guy is simply a wizard on the ground. He tapped out Tamden McCrory with a phenomenal armbar with a minute left in the first round. Hazelett is just 22 years old and will be a force to reckon with in the 170 pound division.
Jeremy Stephens landed one of the best uppercuts I have ever seen in his knockout win over Rafael dos Anjos. Everything he had was behind that punch and it was picture perfect. The only thing better than the KO was how he celebrated it. Stephens did a full sprint into the octagon cage and bounced right off of it. Classic.
Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) -- Round 2, 3:07 (to become UFC heavyweight champ)
Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 1, 4:03
Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory via submission (armbar) -- Round 1, 3:59
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks via TKO (strikes) -- Round 1, 1:01
Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry via submission (rear-naked choke) -- Round 1, 2:13
Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (strikes) -- Round 3, 0:39
Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 3, 3:16
Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas via submission (arm-bar) -- Round 2, 0:57
It was a great night for fight fans everywhere. Every single fight on the card made it onto the pay-per-view. It turned out to be one of the more entertaining cards all around that I can remember.
The UFC has a giant star in Brock Lesnar. It is going to be fun to follow his career to see just how good he can become. I know I will be along for the ride.