Originally Posted by moreorless87
Cain to me is more like Hendo than Cormier in style though, Brock got the chance to take him down and fence clinch him when he was looking to chase him down aggressively standing, he didn't purely outwrestle him.
The whole idea of Brock just plowing thought anyone was ultimately the same thing we heard with Coleman and Kerr years before.
Yeah, fair point. I do think Brock was a little different though, I think he suffered from a lack of real drive.
Look at his career- very successful collegiate wrestler, scrapped that and went for pro-wrestling. Did that for a few years, got bored and decided he wanted to try out for the NFL. Did pretty damn well for a guy with no experience, decided he wanted to try something else out- went into Japan and started wrestling again and fighting. Decided he could cut it in the UFC, and went straight for the top with every fight- no building himself up.
The guy has a constant desire to prove he can do something, and once he achieves moderate success- seems to lose interest. He doesn't have that overwhelming desire that champions need.
When DC transitioned from wrestling to MMA, he went all-out. He put his same work ethic he applied to wrestling into MMA, and it shows in his striking development. He didn't do it as a bit of a lark to see if he could cut it, he treated it as a career shift. I don't think Brock saw MMA as a career shift, more a bit of fun. I do believe he'd have been a scary prospect if he'd gone into MMA after college and applied himself fully to it, but then again- you could say the same about a lot of people we'll never hear about in MMA. That dedication is what separates the winners and losers.