Shamrock: The UFC 'misused' Brock Lesnar


UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock recently sat for an in-depth interview with Sportnet's Joe Ferraro and talked about a myrid of topics including his own career and the UFC/MMA history in general. Of interesting note was how he spoke on the career of Brock Lesnar and how felt the UFC mismanaged his career:

I think Brock mentally got beat, but I always thought that they didn't treat Brock right either. I thought they threw him in too soon. He's fighting guys that had 20 fights in his second fight because he's so massive and so impressive. It wasn't fair to him. If he would have got groomed properly, he could've been the best fight in any weight class, best pound-for-pound ever.

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JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

5/23/13 4:08 PM by JimmersonzGlove

PPV numbers say differently, and Brock getting thrown into the mix right away and clobbering Couture made him into a monster that popped the biggest buy rate in UFC history.

Barbalos site profile image  

5/23/13 3:58 PM by Barbalos

There were also the reports about his camp Death Clutch basically being an ego booster for him. Coddling, protecting him from actual hard shots, etc. So I don't know how much better he would have gotten, especially his striking. But he was UFC HW Champ...that's pretty damn good, lol.

JD85 site profile image  

5/23/13 3:25 PM by JD85

Before fighting Brock, Herring had just beat Kongo. So he just came off the biggest win of his career, plus experience of 40 fights. So not an easy task for Brock at all. Compare his opponent list with Cormier's first 5 fights and you see what I'm getting at.

Tomato Can site profile image  

5/23/13 11:38 AM by Tomato Can

Brock's striking never evolved because it didn't have time to. You can't become an elite (or even a particularly good) striker in 2 years, especially not when you have to be working on every other component of your game at the same time.A big part of the problem was that they signed him as a 1-0 fighter but his status demanded a fat contract. They didn't want to pay him 7 figures per fight to hone his skills on a bunch of C-listers.

Whambo site profile image  

5/23/13 11:22 AM by Whambo

Brock joined late to the game, so he decided to be thrown to the wolves early. I do agree that the UFC should have developed him, Frank was the worst type of match up for him that early.But what can you say, the guy won the belt. I'm still kinda surprised he beat Randy so early in his career, granted Randy was at the end of his career and I think quite a few HW's would have beat him at that time.But for Brock coming in so late, I'm not sure he was rushing his training to catch up. When I think of GSP, I think of him basically training all the time year round. Brock seems to concentrate his training around his training camps and I don't believe he was training too much outside of that. He didn't have the hunger to improve that a lot of champs have, which may explain why his striking never evolved.

Trifive site profile image  

5/23/13 11:15 AM by Trifive

Brock couldn't take a hacky sack to the face. So he quit and his fans blame it on his large intestine. Oh but he was big and scary.

sincitydc site profile image  

5/23/13 11:11 AM by sincitydc

He wanted those challenges...

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5/23/13 11:01 AM by TeamRenzo4Life

Shamrock has got it all wrong. He's assuming Brock would have been content to be a simple "UFC fighter." He wouldn't. He wanted to be a UFC champion and did not want to work his way up. Dana stroked his ego and was stupid enough to be shocked when he was destroyed by Cain and Overeem. Take another look at BLAFs face when he is wrapping the belt around Valaquez' waist. He's almost in tears. It was the beginning of the end for his PPV cash cow and he knew it.

Ocean6 site profile image  

5/23/13 7:58 AM by Ocean6

That's what we came for.The big Boys.Hay Makers and Face Breakers.Ground and Pound!Gee-Moe-Nelly!

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5/23/13 7:55 AM by Authority Figure