Brock Lesnar: Myth ConfirmedPosted on July 4, 2010, 08:05 AM by Anton Gurevich
The history says that the myths are either busted or approved (Discovery Channel©). Mixed Martial Arts (like any other sport) is full of myths, which differ from the ones on the Discovery Channel with one important detail: they have to be constantly approved.
Last week we witnessed a historic Mixed Martial Arts happening, when the 32-time confirmed myth of whether Fedor Emelianenko is unbeatable was finally busted by Fabricio Werdum’s triangle choke. Fedor’s loss sparked the UFC President Dana White to call Fedor “a fake, phony… “and many other fans to doubt the legacy of The Last Emperor. Fedor Emelianenko failed to approve his myth for the 33rd time, and that’s the price to pay when you fail in sports.
One week later, we witnessed a confirmation of a myth, when the UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defeated Shane Carwin via the second round arm triangle choke, proving that he is the legit UFC Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Brock Lesnar bounced back from a terrible illness more than six months ago, and managed to bounce back from almost a hopeless position in the first round against Shane Carwin. It takes a lot of heart, determination and a true mind of a Champion to get through situations like these.
Love him or hate him, but you have to admire the spirit of the South-Dakota native.
Lesnar is nowhere near Fedor Emelianenko when it comes to achievements, but he is a myth just like the Russian. And just like the Russian, Brock Lesnar will be defeated sooner or (than) later. Will it happen against Cain Velasquez? No one knows. Maybe in Lesnar’s case it is not smart to say that there’s always a bigger fish, but there's always a better fighter, that’s for sure.
The truth is always in the eye of the beholder. Josh Rosenthal could stop the fight during Carwin’s demonic onslaught, but decided to let the Champion an opportunity to survive. Many people could argue that Shane Carwin lost this fight, more than Brock Lesnar won it – and they would probably be right.
My personal opinion is that true strength of a sportsman determined by how he handles a defeat. And to tell you the truth, I would not be surprised if Brock Lesnar retired from MMA if Josh Rosenthal decided to award Shane Carwin a victory. Lesnar will have to suffer from that defeat, if he is about to establish his own legacy in Mixed Martial Arts. He will have to suffer from defeat, in order to prove everyone that he can bounce back from one.
For now, all we can do is to speculate about whether Josh Rosenthal did the right decision to let the fight continue, or if Cain Velasquez is the man to defeat Lesnar. But one thing is true, Lesnar’s myth is confirmed… for now.