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?