Originally Posted by vilify
I would say In this particular context popular means most known and recognizable. You have to admit Lesnars appeal is HUGE. whether its positive or negative its still huge and in this industry thats all that matters.
I'm not a fan of his but I wont ever miss a fight of his. would you?
I think you have to realize that MMA is still a very niche product. I wouldnt be surprised if there are ppl who know Randy Couture as the guy in the Expendables or Rampage Jackson as the guy from the A-team.
If Rampage hardly fights and goes on to be an action star is he more popular MMA fighter than GSP, I bet a lot more ppl would know of Rampage. Does that make Rampage #1 because of some big budget flicks.
I do enjoy Lesnars fights but if his next fight was against say Ben Rothwell of Cheick Kongo, Lesnar would have very little impact on whether I buy the card or not.
Lesnar has been the biggest of in MMA for the last few years but he fought two great threatening opponents which causes amazing buzz plus he came back from a life threatening disease and fought on the most stacked card ever. That is a great story that had a lot of buzz.
Wait til he reaches the point where Liddell was fighting Horn, Babalu and see the interest in Lesnar. If it continues the same as it is now Lesnar is def number 1 but I dont think he is the top dawg of all-time yet.