All of those you mentioned do promotionals. From TUF to the O’Rielly Factor they’ve been everywhere. Just because you haven’t seen it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Hell, Heurta was on the cover of Sports illustrated years ago. The only pull Lesner has is the “pro-rastlin” crowd, an admittedly large group.
I’ll go one step further. Lesners technique isn’t that good. His striking is sub par, but he’s got strenght and big paws so he can knock you out. But he’s got no kicks and his boxing is bad. While his wrestling is good, his G&P is garbage. Once on the deck he’s got T-rex arms and can’t generate any power.
A big shot dropped Mir the first time, but his actual ground game came up short. A big shot dropped Herring but Lesner couldn’t finish him in a full 15 minutes of pounding. A big shot dropped Couture but the follow-up on the ground was weak.
If Lesner doesn’t get the big shot standing… he’s toast.
Edit: I do want to say hello to all you new MMA fans. Enjoy the show.