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Brock Lesnar’s Positive Image Campaign Continues

(‘It’s a sword, okay? It’s not phallic. It’s awesome.’)

Something about Brock Lesnar rubs some people the wrong way. Maybe it’s his attitude or his wanton homophobia. Or maybe it’s because, as an ex-WWE star, he’s getting big money in the UFC without ever having proved himself as an MMA fighter. Fortunately Lesnar has an answer for that last one. As he told the Baltimore Sun’s MMA blog, he’s paid his dues in other ways:

MMA Stomping Grounds: How would you respond to fans of the sport and fighters lower on the totem pole who believe you got a big push because of your popularity in wrestling?

Lesnar: Tough [expletive deleted], buddy. Get in line. That’s just the way it is. This is a business and it’s a sport, it’s entertainment and it’s all three of those words wrapped into one. [UFC president] Dana White and [co-owners] the Fertitta brothers didn’t buy this company to say, ‘Hey let’s see if we can run this thing into the ground and not make a dime.’ They bought it to make millions and make it what it is, and that’s what they are doing. I’m just trying to have fun and get a little piece of the pie. I really enjoy it. I’m proud and honored to be a part of it. And it’s not like I didn’t pay any dues either. I wrestled amateur when I was 5 years old and put more miles in airplanes and working out. I’m 31 this year and I’ve paid dues. If [other fighters] want to be mad I think they should focus on how they can become a big contributor. They are mad because they aren’t making any money.

Well, that should smooth things over. Is it me, or does Brock Lesnar always find some way to mention how much he hates flying? He hates it so much he counts it as time spent paying dues. Later in the same interview he does it again, even projecting his hatred of airplanes on other Minnesotans:

MMA Stomping Grounds: Are you looking forward to fighting in Minnesota?

Lesnar: Oh, absolutely. Any time I don’t have to get on an airplane and to be in front of my hometown [fans] is great. The state of Minnesota has been great to me and now people that want to come and see this and witness a UFC event don’t have to get on a plane and spend a lot of money. It’s right in the backyard and it’s a good thing for the city and for the state.

See? It’s a little weird, right?

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miked- September 9, 2008 at 12:36 am
Brock lesnar is a disrespectful d-bag in my opinion I hope randy totally destroys him, hurts him bad and makes him rethink his cocky attitude. as for the mir fight bootylam has it right on, mir set a trap and lesnar fell right into it, lesnar hits like a girl, it really didn't appear that Mir was in any real danger at any point., the ONLY thing Lesnar has going for him is size, he big dumb meat head, who managed to squeeze out a victory against herring, who's prime is well passed, and he couldn't even finish the fight (but that didnt stop him from acting like an a-hole). And now he has the nerve to say "who gives a s*** about fedor" ,,,HAHAHA, well brock will when and if fedor gets the chance to smash his head in or break and arm or leg. and F dana white for disrespecting all the other fighters who have actually earned a title shot. this A-hole is more worried about marketing than the integrity of the sport. So in conclusion,, GOOOO RANDY!!!! beat lesnar into retirement, please hurt him BAD!!
emptyhandkiller- August 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm
I wish you idiots would leave Brock alone. What do you know of his past? For all we know, he may have been gang-humped as a boyscout during the 1992 National Boyscout All Star Jamboree! That could be why he built himself up, and now hates gays. Did any of you EVER try to be sympathetic and understanding to others? I doubt it.
DakotaMan22- August 4, 2008 at 7:10 am
For all the people who say that Lesnar doesn't have any ground game: Before he was a "Professional Wrestler", he was a two time big ten champion and one time NCAA Heavyweight champion with a final combined high school and collegiate record of 106 wins to 5 losses. The boy can grapple just fine, and just because he got caught with a heel hook in his MMA debut (not counting his K1 fight, because he never would have had to worry about a heel hook in K1, but I digress) doesn't make him a bad on the ground, it makes him cocky and overconfident. He tried to stand up and move around a submissionist on the mat, and Mir bit him in the ass for it, just as he should have.

Second: No warning for strikes to the back of the head? Come on, let's be serious. Mazzagatti could have given a warning instead of standing them up, particularly in light of the fact that Mir was GIVING Lesnar the back of his head. The rule is in place to keep people from getting hurt, not to give you time to recover from a brutal ass whipping by burying your head in the mat. I count 3 shots just behind the ear, and two strikes directly to the back of the head, which Mir gave up of his own volition. A warning would have sufficed. Instead, Referee Steve stands them up, possibly breaking Lesnar's momentum and concentration (or possibly not). I don't agree with the call, but it isn't my call, and at this point, it's moot.

And ok, the guy doesn't like gays, and there's a significant chance he's a latent homosexual himself. That makes him a hypocrite, not a shitty fighter. He needs work on his GnP, particularly the setup for those hammerblows (they weren't anywhere near high enough - he could have done MUCH more damage) , and he needs work on his escapes. His jabs were mostly arm, but they did the job, at least on Frank. But his biggest problem looks to me like he was all nerves. He looked tense as hell, and Frank, as usual, looked loose and calm. We all know Lesnar has ridiculous amounts of power, but he's too flipping tight to use it effectively. He needs to just relax a bit, and realize that as a GnP fighter, his strategy is gonna be pretty damned simple and to the point.

Whether he's been working on those things, we find out in a week when he fights Herring, but even if he hasn't, he's got a decent chance to win the fight, given that he's a mountain of a man and probably as agile as a middleweight, and Herring doesn't have the size advantage he's used to. The rest of looked pretty good.

And hell, it may be BAD, but I can think of worse epiphets than "the ****sucker who lost to Frank Mir". At least he didn't start doing it IN the octagon.
UFC fan- July 25, 2008 at 7:49 pm
“I don’t like gays. Write that down in your little notebook. I don’t like gays.”
You know...that kinda makes me like him now :)

"A proud redneck who is outspoken in his hatred of homosexuals.
Well, thank God he doesn’t also hate African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Jews, and “Arabs”.
I’m sure he’s totally cool and open minded about those groups."

I bet they are all cool unless they smoke of the penis....then yeah gonna call ethnic gay names, why? is that bad?
If it is , heres an idea, dont be gay mmmkay, gay is bad for you, so dont be gayyyyy!
Scarface- July 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Brock Lesnar sucks as a fighter, he does not know anything about fighting in the UFC
ring, I think he should go back to what he was doing before which was Wrestle for WWE, he is not a fighter he is a entertainer and only a enterainer. He is big for nothing
and no fighting skills. And that is all I have to say about Brock Lesnar.
CodyB- July 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm
Hey karluk,

Anderson Silva was tapped from a heel hook from Ryo Chonan when they fought in Pride.
jersekid96- July 19, 2008 at 7:31 pm
I would just like to say something about the mir lesner fight the only reason he hit him in the back of the head was because pussy mir turned into the punches. I think if a fighter turns into punches then it shouldnt matter if you get hit in the back of the head its there own fault that shouldnt be a defense.
Bootylam!- July 12, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Yo king go watch that fight again. I watch it at least once a week because I love watching that roid inflated homophobe [which is just a cover for closet latent homosexuality] get put in his place by a true fighter. Mir doesn't get leveled, he lays down to bait the hook. Watch it. Brock taps Mir and then misses the second jab because Mir is already laying down on purpose. Then watch Mir smiling and talking to his corner as Brock lamely hammers and doesn't turn his punches over. He lets Brock think he's getting some then POW! springs the trap and its over. If you think Brock was really winning you need lessons on how to WATCH mma.
notenough- July 9, 2008 at 3:30 am
pfft not enough penis chest comments yet
Brian- July 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm
I know it would never happen because of the weight difference but I would love to see Anderson Silva kick him up side his fucking head.

Lesner may win a few more fights, but I don't see him going very far.
Brian- July 7, 2008 at 11:29 pm
To the dumbass saying you're a bitch if you tab from a heel hook: I guarantee you if I put you in a heel hook you would be tapping with a quickness, but think what you want keyboard cowboy.
UFC- July 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm
To be honest, big ass dude afraid of airplanes like that don't stand a chance in the Octagon with the likes of most his weight.
heel hooker- July 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm
By the way, heel hooks f'n hurt. they tear your knee out, not the ankle. And if tappin from a heel hook qualifies you as a bitch, then count anderson silva in b/c ryo chonan owned him in pride with flying scissors takedown into a heel hook
the king- July 7, 2008 at 4:54 pm
lesner will be a champion......
if you think his power is not enough than your dumb! mir was lucky lucky lucky he would not have lasted another 30 seconds his face was looking like ass and he got leveled with a straight PUSH like jab.....notice not a real punch but more like push.

this guy has big force and he can and will be champion.
this is one guy in the UFC who could loose like 3 fights in a row and they wouldnt let him go because he sells PPVs and thats what counts!

so suck on that!
Agonistes- July 7, 2008 at 4:19 pm
@ Anthony
i've watched that fight half a dozen times and i counted four blows straight to the back on Mir's skull. Lesnar has no skills, just brute strength and a "fuck the rules" attitude that is going to wind up getting another fighter hurt big time. Lesnar's a punkass bitch with no business being in the UFC... hell, my record is better than his now, where they fuck is my contract. Lesnar's there just because he's a big name, but his name isn't going to save his ass in the cage. in his first big match, he just about got disqualified for illegal hits, and then a minute later just about had his leg snapped in half. don't try and argue with reality, you're wasting your time.
Geriatric Peon- July 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Yea leg submissions never happen, especially in the HW division with experienced guys like Silvia and Arlovski ................. oh wait Arlovski submitted Tim with a heel hook but surely that can't count.
karluk- July 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm
heel hook knee bar. either way it was fucking leg submission. and very rarely do you see an submission from one. why because they are to easy to get out of. and second they are to easy to get put in one while being in one. IF YOU HAVE A CLUE OF BJJ. what i want to see is that big mother fucker get choked out! and oh i dont hate him. i just think it is a cheap way for the ufc to make money. put tyson in the ring too. oh and brutus the barber beefcake and hogan.
karluk- July 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm
he has no ground game. end of story. and never will.
CStain13- July 7, 2008 at 11:59 am
Polish: Your an f'n idiot. save our time and save your comments. Brock Lesnar will destroy Heath Herring and get the recognition he will be deserving of.
T-Lo- July 7, 2008 at 7:24 am
Dont give Brock shit. First of all Dana pushed his first fight way more than it should have. And even if dana chose to do it because of the money he was paying him that because of the ppv buys that brock earned. Second, if the guy that Brock loses to goes directly to a title shot there is something wrong with that if he is not legit. Maybe the guy doesn't have enough exp, but dont bash him for talent.
Lou Dobbs- July 7, 2008 at 6:57 am
All you queers who are hating on Lesnar better get used to it, cuz he ain't going no where

Right now all the heavyweights without soild BJJ are fucked, just wait until he learns submission wrestling

UFC will never kick him out, he brings in too much much money from the pay per views
what was it like 600,000 buys @ UFC 81?
T BONE- July 7, 2008 at 5:32 am
i've got no respect for this big slow hulk till i see some results... he didnt look too flash on all access and i'll be judging him on his next performance big time
Anthony- July 7, 2008 at 5:19 am
@ Polish --

I did watch the fight. I watched it live and have the UFC Unleashed on my DVR. I didn't know Frank Mir's ear was on the back of his fucking head. I just rewatched it and what do ya know? One fucking BLOW!!! I will give you two...maaaybe. But Mazagtti was overzealous in taking a fucking point away.

Why do you hate Lesnar? Cause he came into the UFC and DOMINATED your golden boy? Call me a "nut hugger" all you want people. Lesnar beat the fuck out of Mir and got caught. I GUARAN-DAMN-TEE it will never happen again.
vagibond- July 7, 2008 at 4:43 am
personally I like the guy. Gays creep the shit out of me too. When did the world get so accepting. Jesus christ. Gays have something wrong in their heads, who wants to get boned in the ass by another guy? what the hell. Eitherway, he has loads of talent and will eventually become a force in MMA. Especially with his work effort. That being said, that is a really gay tattoo lol.
Anonymous- July 7, 2008 at 4:20 am
B.J. BaBrockus don't like gettin' in no whirly bird.