With WEC 35 and UFC 87, the past two weeks have brought a couple of surprises and a number of top-notch battles. Here's what some SI.com readers had to say about the fights and other incidents in MMA recently.
Lesnar credits his physical attributes for his collegiate wrestling success. In MMA, that won't be enough. He'll have to learn submission defenses, and he'll need to figure out which ones best suit his offensive game. I'd concentrate on the keylock and Kimura for now. Otherwise, he can forget about beating someone like
Also, if Lesnar can't put his hooks in for back-control, he should skip the mount in favor of knee-on-belly position. With his size, balance and agility, he could be devastating there.
While we now know Lesnar can go a full 15 minutes when he's not pressured or put in a bad spot, it's very difficult to gauge any fighter's performance when he goes up against
What's next for Lesnar? Well, it looks like
Shifting gears, let's hope the former pro wrestler's sophomoric actions were a one-time showing. Shoving Herring in the back at the end of the first round was bush league, as were his taunts. And laughing at his beaten opponent, with time remaining on the clock no less, was nothing but disrespectful.
Showmanship is one thing. Showing someone up is simply embarrassing to the sport.
At a time when Jackson should be contrite we get him goofing around with the UFC president. It's nice to see he's doing better, but lives were threatened in his accident and neither of them seem the least bit remorseful about any of it. And I'm not buying the "energy drink" defense.
You could be right about his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For a work-in-progress, I like what I've seen. Maia utilizes the best kind of jiu-jitsu game for MMA: aggressive and tight. The problems I see -- and they're more short-term issues -- center on his cardio and striking. Against a good wrestler who can punch, I'm not sure Maia will hold up. He's not ready for the likes of
Condit is tremendous. He's just not the second-best welterweight in MMA right now. That's not a slam on him; it's a reality check for guys like Mir, who are too quick to anoint fighters to greatness when they haven't earned it.
Carlos should fight the best. He