Former UFC Brock Lesnar is currently serving a six month medical suspension following the savage beating he was handed by Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 121. Lesnar could be enjoying this time off and allowing his body to recover all while learning new techniques, but he is instead focusing on his next potential opponent.
First, it is being said that Lesnar is going to be offered a third fight with Frank Mir.
The first time that the two heavyweights faced off Mir was victorious after he caught Lesnar in a half-assed kneebar. In their second bout, Lesnar took Mir to the ground and pummeled him repeatedly in the face until he was rewarded the TKO victory. There is no doubt that Lesnar vs. Mir III could be a seller, but Lesnar has a different opponent in mind.
Lesnar wants to face the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights, Roy “Big Country” Nelson. He believes that Big Country is a very tough opponent and Lesnar wants to continue to be tested.
Nelson vs. Lesnar would be a very entertaining fight. Big Country has amazing jiu jitsu credentials and showed in his fight against Junior Dos Santos that he has unbelievable heart and a granite chin. Lesnar’s stand up is awful and he always looks uncomfortable on his feet, so Nelson would have the clear advantage there.
When the fight gets to the ground, Lesnar would have to outmuscle Nelson in hopes of neutralizing his jiu jitsu. That is where it gets interesting. Frank Mir submitted Lesnar rather easily and Mir was handled by Nelson in a jiu jitsu match a few years ago. Of course all of the fighters have grown since then, but it is something to consider.
Needless to say, the UFC could definitely market Lesnar vs. Nelson and the winner would be right back in title contention. I believe that Nelson would be victorious, however, this is MMA and anything can happen.