And on the flip side, how many times have you seen him grab on and absolutely annihilate his opponent like few have ever done before?
I'll give that sometimes he didn't seem to have the urge to really punish people, but when he did he was one of the best ever at it. And he did it enough times to warrant a mention.
Honestly, fighters who 'like to get hit' are rare and often have short careers. Interview any of the best fighters throughout history and you will have a hard time finding ones who enjoy being punched in the face if they don't have to be.
Stuff like this I never really understand. On one hand you have a fight where Brashear shows a ton of heart by recovering from Laraque ragdolling him early, to come back and drop him. How many times has Laraque ever been dropped by a punch? If you want to talk about lack of heart and lack of desire to mix it up then Laraque is the prime candidate, but people say it's "ok" because he was "nice". Anyways, to me that fight is a solid example of Brashear showing heart, to you it is just a 'lucky punch because Laraque stopped fighting' or whatever you said before. If Brashear was such a bailing heartless coward then why didn't he just go down? He was obviously in a bad spot the majority of the fight. I feel if it was another fighter coming back like that...say Probert...people's opinions would be vastly different. Honestly, think about it from a different perspective, separate the names from the back of the jerseys, and it might surprise you.
I would say that is more on Chris Simon
than Brashear, because looking at their their cards it is no contest who fought the tougher competition time after time. Brashear's card in general is one of the best you will ever see, so him and Twist not finding each other is similar to Ray-Probert never finding each other. It just didn't happen for whatever reason, there wasn't any 'fear' there. Trying to dock him for his fight card is counter productive for you.
Same thing as above.
Also, Jody Shelley
is a .500 fighter throughout his career, I like him a lot, but a world destroyer he is not. Them just not seeing each other much on the ice obviously has something to do with it, because Jody Shelley
is the kind of fighter Brashear usually eats right up.