After his controlled yet devastating performance earlier this month by UFC newcomer, Brock Lesnar, at UFC 87 against veteran Heath Herring, many people have been wondering where the heavyweight ranks. One expert gives us some idea on where he thinks he lines up alongside the UFC elite.
Writing for CBSSports.com, Sam Caplan said: “Ranked 5 - If you want to know where Lesnar stands, this is one man's opinion. Some are going to suggest this is too high for him since he's only 2-1 in MMA and has just one UFC win. But pure fighting ability should count for something, and he dominated Mir up until tapping during February's fight at UFC 81.”
“With a lack of division depth, Lesnar's ladder to the top simply isn't that long right now. If you believe he's being ranked too high, I'd be curious who you think deserves to be ranked higher, and why? Lesnar has looked like a machine when it comes to his takedowns, and his standup has been much better than many had expected. And with a guarantee of six figures per fight, the UFC is not in a position to put Lesnar against opponents who aren't high profile.”
“He's going straight to the top and will likely be fighting for the title within the next 12 months. And when he does get his shot, are you going to bet against him?”
This, although a bold statement, is hard to disagree with based on what we watched just over a week ago. With Mir, Gonzaga, Werdum and Nogueira the only fighters ranked above him (in Caplan’s opinion) a run at the title could very well be in the near future for Lesnar. Rumoured matches against Gonzaga and Kongo loom on the horizon and a win over either would seem him catapulted only higher in the rankings.