If Brock Lesnar were to ever return to MMA fighting, then former UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten believes the Beast needs to mix up his fighting style to be more effective in the octagon.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Brock Lesnar’s UFC return has become the topic of conversation in recent weeks, ever since UFC President Dana White announced the former MMA fighter may have an interest in returning to MMA fighting. While speculation is hot, the WWE has updated Lesnar’s schedule to include another Monday Night RAW showing related to Royal Rumble 2015, and it’s believed the former MMA fighter will be used to push RAW showings more in the in the future.
Meanwhile, Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins is getting “frustrated” with Lesnar’s infrequent appearances, and it’s even rumored that Lesnar’s contract may allow him to work for both the WWE and the UFC at the same time.
Bas Rutten recently stopped by Under the Mat radio for an interview, where he discussed a variety of topics, from the possibility of UFC tag team matches to his first memory of Ken Shamrock. But Rutten also spent some time critiquing Brock Lesnar for his lack of diversity in his MMA fighting skills.
“Brock is a very strong individual, but if I would’ve been his coach I would’ve sent him to Holland all the way in the beginning of his career and I would’ve said, ‘You know how to wrestle, go train with the best Tai boxers in the plant.’ That’s what he needs to do; his weakness is striking. Nowadays, you can’t do MMA with one style, anymore.”
Rutten is not the only MMA fighter to lob such criticisms in the direction of Brock Lesnar. While it may sound like sour grapes considering their history together in the UFC, Shane Carwin also believes Lesnar suffers from a severe lack of flexibility when it comes to his fighting skills.
“He’s not going to improve the part of his game he needs to improve in that short (amount) of time,” Carwin said. “The guys these days are too far ahead. You can’t be one-dimensional. This isn’t the early 90s.”
At the same time, Carwin said he would love to have a rematch with Lesnar, even though he admits he “basically almost died” during his last defeat. UFC President Dana White also believes Lesnar’s strength may overcome many obstacles now he’s no longer suffering from health issues.
“It’s pretty amazing what he did and accomplished here while having diverticulitis,” White said. “It would be interesting to see a 100-percent healthy Brock Lesnar compete.”