The evolution of Lesnar

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

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Still, it’s hard to believe that in today’s current MMA scene, the UFC heavyweight champion has only won three fights.

While Lesnar would never have been given the same the opportunities had he not already been a celebrity, it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t been a force in the octagon. To top it all off, he has improved drastically between each bout.

That’s something Mir admits is difficult to prepare for.

“That’s one of the things that’s hard to watch tape on – just how much he’s going to improve each fight,” Mir said. “I’ll watch (his earlier matches) and say, ‘Wow, look how over-eager he was in this fight. He’s just flying across the cage. That’s going to take him a couple fights to get over.’

“But then from Heath (Herring) to Randy (Couture), you see him very composed. I remember turning to my trainer and saying, ‘Hey, is he just standing there actually fighting strike for strike instead of just bull-rushing across the cage? That only took one fight to fix.’

“It makes it difficult on my part to assess what we’re going to prepare for. So to make it easy, we just prepared for the worst-case scenario where Brock knows everything I know about mixed martial arts and on top of that he’s bigger and stronger than I am.

“I can’t really go head-to-head with it; that’s not the smartest game plan in the world.”

It would be easy for Lesnar to simply rely on his size, power and wrestling ability in the octagon, but the former WWE star says he’s in the sport to become a complete mixed martial artist.

“I bill myself as a fighter now and I want to evolve and build myself into a well-rounded fighter,” Lesnar said. “Obviously I’m not going to leave any stone unturned when it comes to submissions, submission defense, striking, knees, leg kicks and learning to defend everything.”

Many observers are calling the UFC 100 main event a battle of technique versus strength. But Mir says that he and Lesnar have evolved too much as fighters for that to be accurate.

“People mention that it’s my Jiu Jitsu skill versus Brock’s power, but that’s such a simple way of looking at it,” Mir said. “If I go to the athletics club down the street from my gym, I’d be hard pressed to find many guys that are stronger than I am. And I guarantee that Brock is not that unknowledgeable about Jiu Jitsu. He’s Obviously, those are the first things that stand out on paper, but there’s definitely a lot more to it than that.”

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