Randy Couture couldn’t beat Brock Lesnar. Heath Herring couldn’t beat Brock Lesnar. Frank Mir couldn’t beat him a second time. So, who among the MMA heavyweights can bring down the UFC phenom? Here are five fighters I think stand a good chance against Brock Lesnar’s brutal beatings.
1. Fedor Emelianenko
Despite having never fought in the UFC, Fedor has beaten Andrei Arlovsky, Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Mirko Cro Cop, and Minotaro Noguiera. Though Fedor would be very outsized, he would at least make it a huge fight. Guess we’ll never see it happen.
2. Antonio Nogueira
Noguiera is the only top heavyweight in the UFC who hasn’t gotten a shot at Lesnar. He would still be greatly outsized, but we might get to see this if Noguiera can win his rematch against Frank Mir.
3. Josh Barnett
Barnett has defeated Antonio Noguiera, Randy Couture (in his prime), and Dan Severn. He is still only 31 and isn’t much smaller than Lesnar (though it could be the ‘roids). If White ever brings him back, this matchup would be right at the top of UFC’s to-do list.
4. Shane Carwin
The undefeated Carwin is actually a better match-up for Lesnar than Antonio Noguiera. He will not be outsized by Lesnar but the best opponent he has ever beat is Gabriel Gonzaga. This could have been too rushed.
5. Todd Duffee
He has only won one undercard in the UFC but it was the fastest knockout in UFC history. He is 6’3″ and 250 pounds and undefeated in MMA. We’ll see if he is really a contender in his fight at UFC 107.
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