Brock Lesnar made a miraculous comeback this past weekend at UFC 116 against Shane Carwin. However, there is still some resentment towards the guy for whatever reason. I've read ridiculous things like:
"The only reason he won was because Carwin gassed"
"He turned and ran away from Carwin like a little girl"
"If Fedor had rocked Lesnar he would have finished him"
Lesnar is now the #1 heavyweight in the world with Fedor's loss against Werdum last week according to most(including mine) rankings. A fighter like Fedor comes along once in a lifetime or so we thought. The guy's record is almost impeccable and he's fought the best of the best of his era. Most notably the two victories over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop, who at the time were the #2/#3 ranked heavyweights in the world in 2004-2005. That's Fedor's claim to fame, although he has destroyed a host of other talented and not so talented fighters along the way. Just as of last week we were talking about Fedor always being the greatest heavyweight of all time. However, I'd like to ask a question.
Could Brock Lesnar surpass Emelianenko's legend? Follow me:
Lesnar has already beaten the likes of Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and now Shane Carwin. He has a murderer's row of opponents lined up in that he'll be facing Cain Velasquez next. Then there are potential fights with Junior Dos Santos, re-matches with Carwin and Mir as well as Roy Nelson. All of those fights are against top 5 heavyweights, save for Nelson and he's no slouch regardless of how much you want to pick at his physique.
The only missing piece in the puzzle would be a showdown with Emelianenko, and he can't really control that. So if Lesnar gets past Velasquez, Dos Santos, or Roy Nelson and then re-matches either Mir or Carwin and wins, does that run surpass what a prime Fedor was able to do in 04-05?