The MMA world was turned upside-down Saturday night as Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture to become the new UFC Heavyweight Champion. Though, not a dominating performance, Lesnar was able to knock Couture out in the 2nd round after placing a well placed punch to the temple that sent Couture to the mat where Lesnar pounded him until the referee stopped the fight.
Now, this was an important victory for Lesnar because it quiets his critics and forces them to repect him as a true mixed martial artist. But Lesnar’s victory goes a lot further. It finally shows the MMA purist that a pro wrestler can become a MMA champion. That fact is most important to Vince McMahon.
Now, we know that McMahon has the money to make a run at taking over MMA, all that was needed was some credibility. He now has it with Lesnar’s victory. I know a lot of people are reading this and thinking I’m way off base (and I may be), but think about it. He’s basically monopolized pro wrestling and now one of his former stars has beaten a legend in MMA. What better time to make a run at taking over MMA?
Add that UFC has been struggling to sell tickets and the recent folding of EliteXC, MMA is ripe for the picking. And say what you will about McMahon, but the man is a marketing genius. Just look at what pro wrestling was in the 80s and 90s and what it is today. Wrestlers now use WWE as a stepping stone to becoming huge stars in and out of the ring. Tell me MMA stars wouldn’t like to be offered movie gigs. And I must say, Gina Carona would look mighty good on the big screen. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that it will or even should happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me the least bit if it did.
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