Here’s an interesting factoid: even though Lesnar amassed a 33-0 record his senior year in high school, he was not heavily recruited at all. To wit:
He didn’t start out at Minnesota. In fact, he started out wrestling on the junior college circuit and only made the leap to the Division I after extenuating circumstances:
From this point Lesnar would go on to dominate competition in the Big Ten and the rest of the country for that matter. But what’s important here is that while his mantra of “I don’t give a damn what anyone else thinks” might be repetitive, it also sounds perfectly believable. For whatever reason, here is a guy that when the world pushes against him, he pushes back. Hard. Very hard. And now with everyone doubting his ability and calling into question his decision to take up MMA, he’s got every motivation in the world to prove – to himself by way of proving it to us – he belongs in the UFC and in the main event of a pay-per-view event.
I don’t know if he has the ability to escape Mir’s arm bar attempts, but he is certainly motivated to learn and he is incredibly motivated to prove to himself he can. Lesnar, for all his faults, is a guy who uses some natural gifts and an intense motivational drive to rise to the top. Even if Mir sidelines that effort for now, I suppose I do expect more from Lesnar. “The Next Big Thing”? Maybe so.
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