(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.)
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."