“The enforcer is an unofficial role in ice hockey. It is the enforcer's job to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. When such a play occurs, the enforcer is expected to respond aggressively, by fighting or checking the offender.”

When it came to fighting on the ice and putting fear deep down into the hearts of his opponents, few were better at it than former NHL hockey enforcer, Donald Brashear.

But that was then, and this is now.

This past weekend, Brashear made his long anticipated MMA debut against none other than Mathieu Bergeron (who?) at Ringside MMA 11 in Quebec City.

Brashear’s opponent was also apparently making his own MMA debut, and was a last minute substitution after two of Brashear’s previously scheduled opponents were forced to withdraw due to injuries (too bad they won’t be getting any of that sweet UFC insurance money though).

Brashear managed to make quick work out of Bergeron by defeating him in a mere 21 seconds of the first round via TKO. Bergeron apparently didn’t put up much of a fight though, as he simply crumbled into the “turtle” position right from the start, just long enough to eat a few shots before the referee could finally step in to stop the action.

As great as it is that Brashear won his very first fight in MMA (and certainly by no fault of his own was it that his previous opponents had backed out due to injuries), this latest test of Brashear’s toughness was not enough to convince his critics that this one-time feared hockey enforcer, now has what it takes to be truly successful inside of the cage.

In a sport that seems more and more dominated by powerful wrestlers these days, one can’t help but to wonder if the 39-year old punching prowess of this former NHLer is going to be enough to bring Brashear any long-term, sustainable success in the sport of mixed martial arts.

But until we find out for sure...I’ll be rooting for him.

Bring on Herschel Walker!

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