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What-Took-You-So-Long Alert: Lesnar Finally Gets Culturally Insensitive on Velasquez

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At long last, here is the Brock Lesnar we all know and love/loathe. After weeks of playing it almost unimaginably cool about the fact he’s about to defend his UFC heavyweight title against a 240-pound Mexican(-American), Lesnar finally let the thin veil of cultural sensitivity fall away during last night’s “UFC Countdown” show. It takes approximately one minute, 13 seconds into the above vid for Lesnar to publicly debut the semi-racist jokes about Cain Velasquez that he’s no doubt been trying out for weeks behind closed doors at the DeathClutch Gym. The results are actually kind of comforting. At least now we have confirmation that this dude with the beard really is Brock Lesnar, and not just some politically correct imposter.

"Listen,” quips Lesnar here. “When I get done whooping your ass, I’m gonna go drink a Corona and eat a burrito just for your Hispanic heritage. How about that?"

Besides adopting the whitest possible articulation of Velasquez’s name – forever putting the emphasis on mispronouncing the “squez” part – the idea that Lesnar somehow kept himself from saying anything even vaguely bigoted had been the most surprising part of the UFC 121 prefight hype to this point. Especially considering how much the UFC itself has played up Velasquez’s Mexican roots, despite the fact he was born and reared in California. Now we finally know what Lesnar’s really been thinking all along.

Aside from making that joke – which really just reinforces our suspicion that Lesnar’s opinion of you can always be boiled down to where you’re from and what kind of beer you drink – The Dark Lord has surprisingly little else to say about Velasquez during “Countdown.” Though the show features all of the prerequisite workout footage and slow-motion scenes of sweat dripping from his nose, Lesnar spends most of his time here talking about the character-building experience of almost dying from a rare intestinal disorder and then returning to get beat down by Shane Carwin for the first round of their fight at UFC 116.  

“I got my ass kicked by diverticulitis and I got back up to my feet and I got my ass kicked by Shane Carwin for the first four minutes of the fight and I got back up to my feet,” Lesnar says. “That’s life. You get back on the horse and ride.”

Speaking of cultural insensitivity, you can tell that “Countdown” is about to switch its focus away from Lesnar and onto Cain Velasquez at about the 5:30 mark when the soundtrack abruptly changes from a spooky synth fugue to spunky hip hop music. Nice touch there, guys. During its portion of the broadcast, Velasquez’s camp tips its hand a bit here about strategy for the upcoming bout, essentially saying Cain will try to keep it on the feet and test Brock’s chin. Seems straightforward enough. 

“We can win this fight everywhere,” Dave Camarillo says. “We can lose it on the bottom.”

The American Kickboxing Academy remains steadfast in its claim that Lesnar’s never fought anyone like Velasquez before – in fact both teams make that contention about their opponents – and that the champion’s size and strength advantage ain’t no thang, either. As evidence, they offer some footage of Velasquez wrestling a few much larger opponents during his collegiate grappling career. At that, as you might imagine, Lesnar just scoffs.

“This is a whole (different) beast here, Cain …,” Lesnar says. “You’re not better than me. No matter who is whispering sweet nothings into your ear. Alright, Mr. Velasquez? You are not better than Brock Lesnar and you will find out come fight night.”

Welcome back, Brock. We’ve all been waiting for you.

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donnadon- October 20, 2011 at 1:54 am
Interesting post. I like to watch fights
Elentius- October 20, 2010 at 7:52 am
"If people think Cain's an illegal Tongan gangster allien who hates white people and eats lil white babies and wants to do genocide on white folk everywhere... So be it. More(white)power to them."

That shit is too funny.

El Famous Burrito- October 20, 2010 at 6:24 am
I am now scared for my life.
itsgalf- October 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Ohhhhh silly soft-headed deaf people
fatbellyfrank- October 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm
Having just watched the Brock dancin Mariachi video from his wrasslin days, If he couldn't beat Eddie Guerrero, what hope does he have against Velasquez?
fatbellyfrank- October 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm
^ oh yeah ya fuck cunt shit piss ...something, dude I dont know, yeah just cant get worked up for this on Ghost
ghostboner- October 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Fuck you frank you eat my shit you shit eating shit eater!!!1!! I will fuck you right in your face after you done shit eating you disease riddled donkey dingleberry!!!1!1!1!2!! Aww shit, thanks for tryin FBF but it's just not the same.
uzithrasha- October 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm
man lesnar is just straight up bad ass. isnt rico rodriguez hispanic? he was champion. And Cain was born about 30 minutes from where ive lived my whole life. But if you aint seen salinas, its pretty ghetto. Im routing for both of them. Cant pick
fatbellyfrank- October 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Hey ghostboner, I dont think Cain is a racist, hell I dont even know him, your move, and I already got at least three "your Mom" insults ready to roll
bruce leroys lice- October 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm
you should eat one of my dingleberries.
nickyroose- October 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm
You motha-fuckas best be trollin'. I am sick of this shit. Also who the fuck are you guys other than RwilsonR. Fucking hell.
the glza- October 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm
right on, kfc

and furthermore -- what right does anyone have to claim pride in accomplishments they themselves didn't do?

that's what i don't understand about pride in your race or your country or your whatever... what are you proud of? that you happen to be born in the same 300 square mile radius as another person who actually accomplished something?

wtf -- have some respect for yourself and quit claiming other people's accomplishments as your own! do something, and maybe you'll have some pride you deserve.

pride, btw is an ugly feeling. pride leads to attachment, attachment leads to jealousy, and as yoda would tell us, "The shadow of greed, that is."

Lateral Drop- October 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm
That quote isn't bigoted. Learn what words mean.
Sudos KFC- October 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Wow what a surprise. Making the entire hype about "la raza" vs the world, have cain and many others talk time and again about being a "mexican" champion more than being ufc or world champ and all of a sudden an already slightly ethnocentric, isolated, and confrontational dude starts to get the impression that somehow this fight is about race. Uhhhh shocker right? Plus I am pretty sure burritos and beer aren't exactly the farthest fetchedmost hardcore sterotype existing in the world today.

And before you throw up the triple k at me I teach and live in the hood of kc 30% of my students and neighbors are chicano and as excited as they are (they are all huge mma fans btw a lot have even come and watch me fight lol) they resent the idea that if cain loses it seems now to involve them too.
intercept440- October 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm
tattoo shmattoo... white pride brown pride, who fucking cares its america... even if it is racist, country bitches, i dont care who it offended or offends... its his body he can go hump goats for all i care... brock has a cock on his chest.. so what.....brock and cain could both be rascists, who gives a fuck, its there opionions.

i hate both of them, and want to see them beat each other down till one of them gets KTFO'd
mtcage- October 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Regarding brown pride versus white pride comments above:

The double standard comes from the sensitivity of the issue. Minorities have generally been the conquered, oppressed, and the "have nots". Their "pride" is usually symbolic of being proud internally about one's heritage. Think of it as a way of feeling better about oneself. It does not usually come with a connotation that other races or heritages are inferior.

On the other hand, the primary group of whites that convey their white pride (whether vocally or as body art) are racists, skinheads, etc., whose "pride" is not only symbolic of being proud internally about their heritage, but also outwardly symbolic of their feeling of disgust towards other races and heritages.

Unfortunately, racists have managed to have a very loud and insensitive voice, which has associated and identified "white pride" with a racist mentality. So, while it may be unfairly associated, it is associated nonetheless. And, as a result, openly conveying "white pride" is different than openly conveying "brown pride".
bruce leroys lice- October 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm
LMFAO “When I get done whooping your ass, I'm gonna go drink a Corona and eat a burrito just for your Hispanic heritage. How about that?" That comment makes me a fan of Brocks forever.
RwilsonR- October 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm
I hope Cain loses just so we don't have to have every article that vaguely references him turn into a referendum on his stupid ass tattoo. I think his tattoo is stupid, and so is he. So do a lot of people. And then there are plenty of others who defend it to the death, and jump to the conclusion that anyone who says it is a stupid tattoo is a racist.

It boils down to - some of us hate it, some of us don't, and some of us just want to hate the ones who hate it. Either way, we have hashed this out 5 times in the last week. I just want it to be over with.
ashkenaziTROLL- October 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm
that's cuz you're a troll .. of the queerest kind
Bob Reilly- October 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm
Awesome. I am now officially a Brock fan.
Shane Darwin- October 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Cain probably isn't overtly "racist" in the same way the typical white person with a "white pride" tattoo might be, but he sure doesn't seem to appreciate the country that let him make the move out of peasanthood, much less understanding exactly why the United States is vastly superior in all metrics compared to Mexico. (Hint-it's related to something called human capital)
ghostboner- October 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm
I think Cain IS a racist. Who wants to argue with me until we resort to threatening to kick each others asses if we were face to face instead of on the intronet?
Shane Darwin- October 19, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Ooooh, "culturally insensitive", the biggest liberal sin in the world. Because being offended is the worst thing that can happen to anyone. I mean shoot, there's a certain group of people I know of that has a knack for bombing people out of religious fervor whenever they can, but whatever we do, according to MSNBC, we'd better not get all culturally insensitive and offend them! Or else we might end up being featured on Olberman as "the worst person in the world".

"I'm not a fan of either, but brown has really ever been associated with hate groups that i know of. "

Then you don't know very much.

Anywhoo, glad to see Brock is back in good form. I'm not too confident in his chances though. His whole advantage was his freakish size. Why mess with what works? He's not going to be able to out-Cain Cain. The longer this fight goes on, the worse it looks for the Vanilla Gorilla.
Nealio- October 19, 2010 at 12:58 pm
If Jake Sheilds had a swastika tatoo nobody would jump him. They would just fall asleepzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
El Guapo- October 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm
It's all good, man. Sarcasm can be hard to decipher in written form. I'm not even necessarily a Velasquez fan, either, and doubt he beats Brock. I'm just trying to explain why his tat shouldn't offend you and how it's definitely not racist. But I'm done essplaining(espanglish)mine self(more espanglish)..

If people think Cain's an illegal Tongan gangster allien who hates white people and eats lil white babies and wants to do genocide on white folk everywhere... So be it. More(white)power to them.