Biggest threats to Lesnar's belt

by Nate Lawson | source:

Brock Lesnar’s second round submission victory over Shane Carwin does not tell the whole story in writing. The heavyweight champion walked away the victor after the main event of UFC 116, but it was not without being beat within an inch of consciousness in the opening round. Carwin’s efforts displayed that defeating Lesnar is far from the realm of impossibility, and, for that, Heavy MMA takes a look at five guys working towards a shot at Lesnar’s belt and the odds of one walking away the winner.

Cain Velasquez

Heavy MMA HW Rank: 4

Record: 8-0

Last Five Fights: W-W-W-W-W

Notable Victories: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (KO), Ben Rothwell (TKO)

Notable Losses: None

Next Opponent: Brock Lesnar for UFC heavyweight championship, date undecided

Status: Velasquez has risen to the top of the heavyweight division in a relatively short time and was put on the shelf awaiting the winner of Lesnar vs. Carwin. Lesnar took home the victory and the belt, and now Velasquez has the next shot at stealing away Lesnar’s hardware.

Junior Dos Santos

Heavy MMA HW Rank: 6

Record: 11-1

Last Five Fights: W-W-W-W-W

Notable Victories: Fabricio Werdum (KO), Mirko Filipovic (Verbal Submission), Gabriel Gonzaga (KO)

Notable Losses: Joaqium Ferreira (Submission)

Next Opponent: Roy Nelson at UFC 117

Status: Fresh off his knockout victory over Gabriel Gonzaga at “UFC on Versus 1” (his fifth win inside the promotion), dos Santos will face off against Roy “Big Country” Nelson at UFC 117 next month. The winner of that fight is next in line for a title shot following Cain Velasquez.

Shane Carwin

Frank Mir

Roy Nelson

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Cantankerous site profile image  

7/14/10 11:49 AM by Cantankerous

Your kung fu is weak.   Who won that fight? What if we run a one mile race and you run as fast as you can for the first lap, then I proceed to win cause your gassed? But you won the first lap, therefore if you could have kept that pace for all four laps you would have won. Hey I like Carwin alot, and if the fight was one round he would have won. And your statement prior doesn't resolve the Brock becoming angry and hulking out on people issue. Shane is a likeable guy who only expressed confidence in himself, and wasn't a shit talking storm to Brock. All other examples of shit talk to Brock result in him hulking out.

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7/13/10 1:02 PM by kinkle

LOL at listing Murr, Couture has a better chance at winning, the only outcome of a third fight with Murr would be him spending the rest of his life using a walker.

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7/13/10 12:56 PM by andyshore8

Fedor, Overeem, Barnett, Silva, Werdum, Rogers, Arlovski, Roger Gracie and Lashley could not stop Brock from taking them down.Anyone who says that Fedor could beat Brock is insane. Go watch the fight between Fedor and Mark Hunt before you say that he could beat Brock. Brock would take Fedor down and pound him out. Brock would easily beat Fedor, it wouldn't even be a fight.Fedor has better striking then Brock. Fedor has better submissions then Brock. Fedor has more experience then Brock. However, Brock is a much better wrestler and is bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic then Fedor. There is a reason women don't fight men. It is because men are bigger, stronger, faster, and more athletic. Size, strength, speed and athleticism matter just as much if not more then technique.

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7/13/10 12:41 PM by Joe Ray Fan

I think the biggest threat is JDS because of punching power until Carwin gets a rematch. Cain has a great all around skillset, but seems to lack the power to keep Brock away. I could see a scenerio where Brock KO's Cain. I think Lesnar smashes Overeem, but would have heaps of trouble with guys like Barnett and Fedor

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7/13/10 11:42 AM by slamming

 Good article. is underrated in that respect.  They often have good pieces.

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7/13/10 11:35 AM by thePostman

 I believe Fedor, Barnett, and Allistar could beat Brock. Gracie, Big Foot, Lashley, and Rogers highly unlikely to beat Brock. Arlovski if he doesnt get hit could win due to his speed and hands, Werdum due to his ground (probably not strong enough though), I left Roger out of this because he didnt look good at all lately  nerves maybe?

Calhoon site profile image  

7/13/10 10:52 AM by Calhoon

FedorOvereemBarnettSilvaWerdumRogersArlovskiRoger GracieLashleyThis list looks a whole lot better than the UFC's list of top heavyweights.

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7/13/10 10:48 AM by ray_carlton

A lot of truth to that...although I think it will take another win or two to elevate Brock to the level you put him on.  I agree that stopping the takedown is the key to surviving against Brock.  Either that or connecting with a big punch standing (Carwin's punch was not his KO punch).  If he beats Cane and Dos Santos (and Carwin in a rematch) he'll be worthy of all the superlatives.  

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7/13/10 10:32 AM by andyshore8

Here are the facts: Brock Lesnar has consecutively defended the UFC heavyweight title more times then Mark Coleman, Maurice Smith, Bas Rutten, Kevin Randleman, Josh Barnett, Ricco Rodriguez, Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski. He is tied for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses with Randy Couture and Tim Sylvia. Whether people want to admit it or not the reality is that Brock Lesnar is already one of the best heavyweight fighters to ever compete in the UFC after just three years of training.The top three UFC heavyweight fighters in terms of results are Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar beat Randy Couture, a man who destroyed Tim Sylvia.If Brock Lesnar beats Cain Velasquez he will have consecutively defended the UFC heavyweight title more times then any other fighter in UFC history. If this happens no one will have any choice but to recognize Brock as the best heavyweight in UFC history.In my opinion the only way anybody can beat Brock is to stop his takedown. Brock Lesnar is a one dimensional fighter but the one thing that he is good at is impossible to stop. Realistically who in the heavyweight division besides Shane Carwin even has a chance of stopping Brock from taking them down and smashing them or maybe even submitting them like he did with Shane. I think the only fighter in the world who has a chance of beating Brock is Shane Carwin.

canuck34 site profile image  

7/13/10 10:21 AM by canuck34

You mean gets smashed then gets lucky that his opponent blew his wad.