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January 20, 2010

Lesnar is back

Brock Lesnar announced his return on ESPN this morning, confirming he's healthy and will be fighting this summer against the winner of the Frank Mir v. Shane Carwin fight this March. Say what you will about Lesnar, I don't think any fight fan wanted to see his career ended. UFC 100 (and his antics) are not how we wanted to remember Lesnar.

While I always thought the career-ending rumors were overblown, it's nice to have this behind us now so we can go back to prognosticating about Lesnar's ceiling as a mixed martial artist and we can see him actually fight again.

Posted by Andy Knobel at 1:44 PM | | Comments (4)
        

Comments

Mark,

Let me just say I enjoy your posts and follow your blog for some of the MMA news. I have to be honest with you, I'm a casual MMA (mostly UFC) fan. I'm excited that Lesnar is coming back and also am excited to see GSP and Silva's next fights. However, the last few months in MMA, with all the injuries that have taken place, have made me lose interest or be disinterested in the UFC last few months. I started following the UFC about 5 years back. I haven't watched a PPV (other than Coutoure vs Vera one that was free) since probably UFC 101, so a few months back. Even the Coutoure/Vera PPV I was flipping back and forth because it wasn't an excitign card. Do you think or have you seen a lot of people who share same feelings/thoughts? It seems to me from myself and friends of mine who follow the UFC they've kind of become disinterested ever since UFC100 which was a phenomenal show. I didn't know for someone who follos MMA closely like yourself if you felt same way or see many others who've shared that same sentiment.

That's understandable. I think a lot of fans, even the hardcore fans, have been frustrated by the injury situation. For the shows that aren't as stacked, I usually just check those out at a sports bar so I don't shoulder the whole bill myself.

The UFC has done an admirable job considering the crappy circumstances but even if you tuned out before, now is definitely the time to jump back on board. I think all of the top 10 fighters in the world will be in action in the next six-eight months.

I agree that they haven't been able to match the UFC 100 show yet but now that guys are getting healthy and coming back to the sport (Rampage), we'll see more stacked cards and even stronger shows.

Cool thanks for the input. I agree with you, the UFC has gotten hit with the injury bug hard. Hopefully guys can start staying healthy, UFC really got hit with a lot of big injuries all around the same time.

You got to check out Strikeforce and WEC because they've outdone the UFC in the past year with great cards from top to bottom. They don't have the best of the best like UFC, but fighters from both promotions bring it. Strikeforce's Scott Smith v. Cung Le fight was truly one of the best fights I've ever seen. Even my freinds who aren't into MMA loved the fight. You got to check out WEC and Strikeforce because other than UFC's injury issues and Mask's death this has been a great year for MMA.

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Kevin Richardson has been a fan of mixed martial arts competition ever since UFC 3, when 600-pound sumo wrestler Emmanuel Yarborough was beaten by Keith Hackney. Kevin will cover the world of MMA — in Baltimore, nationally and internationally. He plans to take readers into the locker rooms and MMA schools, where they'll hear from local fighters and trainers. If you have a news tip or suggestions for the blog, please e-mail him.

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