Posted by Jackelope
Yeah I was thinking that today, even though I haven't seen this particular thing you talk about. Everyone is saying Lesnar that, Lesnar this. I'd be pretty pissed if I was Mir and I'd be looking to make a statement. At least I hope he is.
Anyway I aint huggin on Mir's nuts, I'm just hoping that Mir has some good rage built up for this fight. I'd like to see both fighters put it all on the line. Mir is getting the shit end of the stick deal with this, while Lesnar is having his whole career handed to him.
Lesnar wins- he beat a former UFC champ and he's no joke, watch out Fedor!
Lesnar loses- he lost to a former UFC champ in only his 2nd fight, give him some time to develop.
Mir wins- big deal, he beat a guy who is unproven with only 1 professional fight.
Mir loses- Mir's washed up and his time is over.
I really beleive ,we the die hard MMA fans, are the ones who will be the most grateful to Mir if he snaps Lesnars arm. I admit I'm picking Lesnar, becuase I feel Mir not only hasn't been the same since the accident, he hasn't shown a lot of passion for training recently either. I don't care how much weight Mir lifts now. I want to see his cardio to be improved, which was a weakness even before the accident, and has only went downhill since IMO. Still, I would be happy to be wrong. I don't want to see Bill Goldberg crowing about pro wrestlers being the real badasses. I feel the UFC is in a win-win scenario. IF Lesnar flops they mock his pro wrestling background. If Lesnar does well, they keep promoting his NCAA credentials, down play the WWF angle, and rake in the new WWF fans. I think it will actually help the UFC promotion wise, but make the next year or 2 hard for us on diehards on MMA forums. I fear more kids joining who would make the uneducated new seasonal TUF crowds seem enlightened. I don't mind new fans, they are what make the sport grow, and we were all new once. I just wish they would sometimes spend a little more time educating themselves ,before spouting off such vehement opinion sometimes. When you start delving into something ,it's fair to assume that there are those who have delved longer/ deeper. Personally I take notice of people who are more experienced in a given subject than I, and try to investigate why they have formed their opinions.. A lot of the new MMA fans are very young though, and all that pubescent rashness occasionally spills over the net. So if we have a new wave of noobs, I hope we all try to politely educate them, instead of discouraging them. As much as I like the growth of MMA , I would prefer more people who outgrew wrestling , and want something more real getting into MMA , than the victorious Lesnar alternative. Can you imagine a army of kids descending on our forums starting topics like" Who will be the next UFC Lightheavy weight champ : Chris Jericho or Shawn Michaels?
If Lesnar were to make it later through hard work, that would be fine by me. By then the best promotional angle would parallel the rise of Marcus Davis. Ex boxer/WWf guy who learned his old profession was inferior in MMA, and became a true mixed martial artsit. So heres to Mir returning to pre-accident form and snapping that arm.