What Couture vs. Lesnar isn't
I think one thing people have to understand about this weekend’s showdown between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar is that it’s not WWE vs. MMA. I’ve heard this a lot (more from casual fans, granted) in the past 10 days and I don’t think there could be a bigger misrepresentation of what this fight is about.
Lesnar’s pro wrestling background is why he’s popular. It’s why he’s getting a title fight in his third fight with only one credible win in his career. It’s why this will be a record-breaking night when it comes to pay-per-view buys. But I’ve heard too many people try to discredit MMA by saying “what does it say about your sport when a fake wrestler can walk right in and take out a legend?”
Lesnar has a legitimate background and was a national champion wrestler. He’s a phenom, legitimately, as his size, aggressiveness and athleticism make him a truly dangerous heavyweight prospect. But, this is something Lesnar is taking seriously. He’s not Kimbo Slice; he’s not a spectacle, he's a legit fighter. There’s not another professional wrestler that could’ve made this type of a leap this soon. Lesnar is a physical specimen, he’s not a clown. He didn’t make a name for himself by lighting himself on fire or by wearing clown makeup and hitting people with furniture. Most importantly, he respects MMA and is trying to do things the right way. He’s never come off as overly arrogant and doesn’t talk a lot of trash. He knows he has a lot to learn and he tries to keep his head down while he learns it.
If Lesnar wins, that will say something about Lesnar and his future as a mixed martial artists. If Couture wins, it will say something about how much he has left in the tank and it will help solidify his status as a legend in the sport. It’s a huge fight with huge consequences, but don’t make the mistake of reading more into this than there really is.