Not that this is a scorching topic that keeps MMA fans up at night, but Paul Heyman, the guy who co-authored Brock’s autobiography,“Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination and Survival” says that Lesnar should be in the UFC Hall of Fame. He recently spoke to MMAJunkie and had a lot to say about the topic:
“Of course he is [a UFC Hall of Famer]. Listen, here’s the thing, look at the three that he lost to, number one. Number two, what if Brock Lesnar did what everyone else did and said, ‘Feed me a guy every other month for three years so I’ll get six victories a year. I’ll be 18-0 before you put me in there with a Frank Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, or Randy Couture and the legends of legends in UFC.’ But he didn’t do that. He walked in and said give me your best.”
The man makes a decent point. Brock did come in basically off the street and win the UFC heavyweight championship. He beat three Top 10 opponents: Frank Mir, Randy Couture, and Shane Carwin. He single-handedly shattered every pay per view record. And he showed us that a big guy can have psycho-sexual anxiety too by tattooing a huge, unyielding phallus on his chest – pointing directly at his chin. I’m sure there’s some sort of Freudian explanation for that, but I’m not sure I want to know what it is.
So does Brock deserve to be in the UFC Hall of Fame? Sure, why not. It’s not like it’s a real HOF. It’s not the MMA HOF. Fedor will never be inducted because he never fought in the UFC. Frank Shamrock will never be admitted because Dana White is offended by his very existence, even though he was the UFC’s first dominant champion of the post-tournament era. As long as the UFC HOF remains a private club whose members are chosen by the UFC the concept of “deserving” isn’t really applicable.