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Near-Death Experience Brought Out a Kinder, Gentler Brock Lesnar – At Least Outside the Cage

(Old Brock: I hope you choke on that you @$$hole. New Brock:  You have some blood on your face, Frank. Let me get you a wet nap.)

The UFC held a conference call today that featured the promotion’s heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and interim title-holder Shane Carwin in advance of the pair’s UFC 116 clash July 3.

The most notable quotes, as usual, came from Lesnar, who spoke at length about his battle with diverticulitis and how the near death experience changed him as a person.

From his opening remarks, it was immediately clear that something was different, perhaps even likeable about this version of Brock.

"It’s a great day. I’m done with training today. I’m going home to my family. My training camp is just about over with. It’s just a good day to be alive. I’m excited. The fight is almost here and it’s just a good day to be alive."

"This is what I love to do. Yes, I’m very humbled that I’ve been given a second chance and a new approach on the fight game. It’s been really great."

Lesnar collapsed in November during a hunting trip he took to property he owns in Manitoba. He made his contempt for the Canadian province’s medical facilities known during a television interview he did after the ordeal but repeatedly made mention today that the experience has definitely changed him in a lot of ways.

"To wake up every day, being on all them drugs and not be able to put any food in your mouth, yeah you definitely take a different approach on life," he said.

"You realize there’s nothing more important in life than your family and you really find out who your friends are. I felt like I was on my death bed, I really did, because I was very sick. This illness, it kills a lot of people and it’s one of these things I never knew I had."

"At the time I didn’t even know if I wanted to fight again. Everything was in the air, because I had lost so much weight. I thought I was going to have to have major surgery and have part of my colon removed. That would have been a two-year process for me to even come back from."

"As soon as I got the green light from the Mayo Clinic, I’ve been training. When I pulled out of the fight last October, I didn’t know if I was going to fight again. From October to January, everything was up in the air."

"This is kind of my second coming, and it’s brought a lot of life into me. So I really feel like I’m a cat with nine lives. I think I’ve got about eight left."

Proving his assertion that the near-death experience has changed his outlook on and the people in his life, Lesnar even spoke complimentary of Carwin, whom he previously belittled for holding an imaginary (interim) belt.

"Shane poses different threats that I haven’t had, including his size and his wrestling" Lesnar said. "Shane is heavy-handed and he’s a Division-II national champion wrestler. He’s got 12 fights. Every fight is a different fight. It’s whether or not you’re prepared for them or not. I believe that I am."

"I know what my credentials are. Shane knows what his are. I think mine outweigh his and I think my hand’s going to get raised on July 3. And he probably feels the same thing. But that’s the beauty of this fight game. We’ll have to see what happens July 3." 

Amusingly, he says his view of the media hasn’t softened.

"No. I still dislike all of you."

At one point during the call, a brazen reporter asked him if he will be disappointed to have never fought the greatest fighter of all time, Fedor Emelianenko if he indeed retires as he has mentioned he may do in the near future and Lesnar seemed genuinely respectful of the Russian’s accomplishments and decision to hang up his gloves.

"I hope he does retire, good for Fedor. He’s the greatest champion of all time."

A second later, Lesnar broke the stunned silence with an oh-so-familiar WWE-like line.

"The greatest champion ever, of all time — in his own little world. Good for him."

The reporter followed up, asking if he thought he could beat "The Last Emperor."

"Absolutely. I can beat anybody," Lesnar replied without hesitation.

Although he now weighs 265 lbs and says he is happy not to have to cut any weight for the fight, Lesnar had to put back on the approximately 42 pounds he lost during the ordeal and has had to dramatically change his poor, meat-heavy diet to ensure that he doesn’t have any issues with his digestive tract.

Besides cutting down on the Jack’s Links and Coors Light, he says the toughest item to drop from his pantry was "Fruity Pebbles"…No, seriously.

When asked about fellow former pro wrestler Dave Batista’s alleged career move from the WWE ring to the MMA cage, the old Brock reared his head for the first time in the call.

"Get in line, everybody and their dog wants to get into fighting," he explained. "Next question. We’re talking about a heavyweight championship fight, not some wannabe."

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noahknows- June 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Kim-Min- who? so he beat a degenerate with gigantism, BFD! Until his chin is tested and he's fought top ten--true top ten fighters then he's just using a size advantage and thats it. Yes i know he ncaa credentials and don't care, shane has a great background as well
noahknows- June 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I've read alot of your posts and enjoyed them, however i disagree with this one, until you stated how he lost his edge. I just wonder about Brocks chin? yes hes a beast but if that jaw is weak we'll see on july 3rd. take care
cecils_pupils- June 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm
I wonder... now that Brock is a little reluctant to eat certain types of meat, does he still eat sable?
mt59801- June 23, 2010 at 11:39 am
When chesty mc penis is laying unconscious in a crumpled heap I will look back on the "I can beat anyone" comment and laugh. Then I'll go drink a Fat Tire, that's right Fat Tire.......because the other beers look like Machida's piss, then I might even get on top of my wife.
Fried Taco- June 23, 2010 at 9:28 am
So now we know, Fruity Pebbles cause Diverticulitis. I'll stick with my Fruit Loops, thank you.
Harry Sack- June 23, 2010 at 7:04 am
Like Lesnar, I too have Diverticulitis and manage it through a high fiber diet. And like Lesnar, I too have a new appreciation for life itself. And, Ironically, Like Lesnar - I too have been known to battle with a particularly devestating "Fruity Pebbles" habit. This article brought me to tears.
fatbellyfrank- June 23, 2010 at 12:48 am
I'm surprised anyone watches MMA at all these day's thing's I've picked from reading comments over last cuppla days:
Fedor is an overrated has been who only ever beat hand picked tomato cans
Brock lesnar is an overrated wannabe who has only ever beat hand picked tomato cans
Chris Leben will drive the buy rates down on a PPV
Ken Florian should never be allowed to commentate again.
Fag jokes have the potential to ignite comments section.

Any chance of a story about Gina Carano with a heap of gratuitous weigh in shots, that should make my glass half full again
DazedNConfused- June 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm
Brock the rock! Brock The Rock! BROCK The Rock! BROCK THE Rock! BROCK THE ROCKK!!!!

I can hear the chants rising. Brock will overcome, and then cum, on Carwins forehead that is.
Swedish- June 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm
Everybody, please notice the Strikeshit / M1 commercials on this site. This is EXACTLY why CP feels compelled to rank their fighters in the top 10. PROOF!
robgd- June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Shane's got this.
Almost North- June 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm
@Lex Talionis

I so fucking sick and tired of people questioning who Brock has fought. The man beat Kim Min-soo and that is a fact. Talk all the shit you want but with an impressive win like that you know he is legit. But you convienantly left that one out. Don't be scurred homie.
dranokills- June 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm
If carwin doesn't win....I'm gonna fucking stop watching UFC for 1 year!
that's how much I believe in carwin.
(with my fucking luck picking fights, I might wanna start saying so long to my handful of buds here)

fuck a cock chestner!
Lex Talionis- June 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm
Some wannabe? LOL As though the list of has-beens Brock has faced has some how validated him as a legitimate champion. Or maybe it was the never-was Heath Herring. Funny he would remark on Fedor being the best in his own little world since they both seem to pull opponents from the same shitty talent pool. The only reason Carwin even got this fight is Arlovski was too busy crying into a bottle of bubble gum flavored vodka and playing Russian Roulette.
ghostboner- June 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm
It did look like he had lost weight in the vid of him training with Randrew. That does not bode well. I think walking in to the cage at 295 was his biggest advantage. Being a total non-caring angry asshole was second, followed by wrestling. Now I'm starting to think Carwin has a much better shot.
Almost North- June 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I can italic my own balls, thank you very much.

2DaDeath- June 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Why don't you italic my balls.
Almost North- June 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm
Italicization doesn't pay the bills anyway.
FreddyFangers- June 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm
I think Brock might get KAYO'D. Odd to say but I dont think he will be able to throw Carwin around.
Stash- June 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm
I don't think Brock has lost his edge, he just has no reason to hate Carwin. I mean how can you hate Carwin?
Mike Russell- June 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm
 For some reason, some text won't let you italicize it. Blame the system.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Kill death destruction annihilate destroy destroy destroy smash crush hate die. Murder.
Sarij- June 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Has not changed my opinion on brock at all, he can still lick on ma balls!
Dante- June 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Also, that picture makes me laugh every time. hahahaha
Dante- June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Dude, Brock shit all over Fedor. I'm mad and laughing so hard. lol
Dickface- June 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm
To hear him say anything sort of complimentary towards Fedor kinda blows my fucking mind.