Only one question was lobbed at Brock Lesnar regarding his history as a professional wrestler, by SB Nation's own Ariel Helwani, at the UFC 141 pre-fight press conference and his answer struck me kind of funny.
Helwani asked him if he still feels he represents the world of pro wrestling being the most popular guy to jump the fence. His reply:
"Well, I was a former WWE champion. I mean, if you've lived in a cave for the last 50 years you probably think it's real but it's not, sorry. But at the end of the day, what got me to that stage was being an amateur wrestler and being a Division I NCAA champ. It's just been my career. I haven't labeled myself that. I go as Brock Lesnar the UFC fighter. And you guys can put whatever label you want on me, I don't really give a sh*t."
Just in case any of you climbed out from under your rock today, we apologize for Lesnar delivering such tragic news that pro wrestling isn't real.
I do like his candor and ability to speak freely on the subject without it coming off as though his time in WWE is a black mark against him. There was certainly a time when that was the case, as many fans and even some pundits took him far less seriously. Then he went out and won the UFC heavyweight title in his fourth career fight and has only ever suffered one loss, albeit an embarrassing one.
His fight against Alistair Overeem tomorrow night (Fri., Dec. 30, 2011) in Las Vegas, Nevada, will go a long way in determining his future in the fight game, both as an active fighter and a box office draw. If he loses, and does so by way of knockout, it could mean the end of Lesnar's time in MMA. And that will only strengthen the rumors that he'll be headed back to WWE for one more match at WrestleMania in 2013 or beyond. After all, he's only 34-years-old and, despite the diverticulitis, is still in phenomenal shape. Another short run with WWE is something that could definitely happen.
Any Cagesiders wish Brock was still with WWE instead of getting punched for real over in the UFC?