In a post on Bloody Elbow, Luke Thomas introduces and summarizes comments form Ron Waterman, like so:
Between Lesnar and Carwin, the [Waterman] has coached, trained and worked with both. So, how does he evaluate their various attributes and strengths as compared to the other? It’s subtle, but the edge goes to Lesnar.
Which is interesting, because the article doesn’t seem to say anything of the sort. First the interviewer asks which fighter is stronger. Waterman concedes that Lesnar has a slight strength advantage – “not a huge difference” – but then negates that with:
“I might give athleticism to Brock’s side, but the technique to Shane a little more. He’s come along with his ground and stand-up. He’s got good submissions now.”
He goes on to say that even though they wrestled in different divisions (I and II), they faced similar opponents. When asked about who gets the takedown in their first fight, Waterman says:
“It’s really hard to say. If they come in to wrestle, Brock might get the first takedown. But if Shane plays his cards right and is looking to defend and keeping him away and setting it up with punching, I’d give it to Shane. It’s a chess match. It’s about who comes ready to play that day.”
Since they’re not actually wrestling, it’s unclear how you’d say that Waterman is giving the advantage to Lesnar. As a friend to both men, he tries to be respectful to both and presents them as very evenly matched with Lesnar being stronger and Carwin being more skilled. Where does Luke get the idea that Waterman is giving the edge to Lesnar? Certainly not from what Waterman said. Just more biased reporting, I guess.