When Mark Coleman pulled out of UFC 86 with a knee injury, I went through my mental rolodex of heavyweight fighters the UFC could use to replace him with. Pretty much the only two guys I could think of were Justin McCully and Heath Herring. McCully seemed way too lame, and Herring seemed too dangerous (on first glance, anyways). But the UFC hasn’t had an issue thus far with throwing Brock Lesnar into the deep end, and they continue that trend by booking him against Heath Herring.
Actually, as far as picks go, Herring is probably the safest guy around … Herring was one of the first guys in the UFC to perpetuate the ‘PRIDE fighters actually suck’ myth, and is currently 2-2 in the UFC with ALL fights going to decision. Pretty much the only dangerous moment in all of those fights was a kick delivered to the face of Big Nog, which he couldn’t even capitalize on. So when you look at it that way, they’ve given Brock Lesnar a guy who doesn’t really have any tools to finish fights. Not too shabby of a match-up for Lesnar.