Brock Lesnar Apologizes For Inappropriate Comments During Post-Fight Interview

Brock Lesnar Is Sorry, But Still The Champ That Everyone Loves To Hate. Just Don't Hold Your Breath On Fedor.

7/13/09 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Many people, including myself, took issue with Brock Lesnar's comments after his dominating victory over Frank Mir for the UFC heavyweight title. His interview with Joe Rogan was a display of ignorance and a complete lack of tact and grace in victory. While fellow champion Georges St Pierre commended his beaten opponent, and even Lesnar's victim, Frank Mir, was complimentary in defeat, Lesnar seemed to revert back to his WWE past, drumming up even more controversy when it was obviously no longer necessary.

After the fight, Dana White made it clear that such behavior was unacceptable, and Lesnar came to the podium with an apology for his comments, and a Bud Light, even after bashing them in his interview with Rogan.

"That's not who Brock really is, and what he did out there is not real. You don't have to act like someone you're not. This isn't the WWE. I'm not trying to get someone to act all crazy so we'll do more pay-per-views. That's not what this sport is about." - Dana White, UFC President

Here's Lesnar's apology:


While Lesnar's original comments are resented by many, the bottom line is that his image as a villain in the UFC will benefit the UFC greatly. It goes against most traditional martial arts ideals, and is much more in line with the methods of the WWE , where Brock Lesnar used to make his living.

Although Lesnar's not in the WWE anymore, and his schtick offends MMA purists, it just might be exactly what the UFC needs to put them over the top. A title holder who inspires emotion in fans across the board, even if it's negative emotions, will make it a huge event every time Lesnar steps into the octagon. Whether it's the crossover fans from WWE hoping that Lesnar's reign continues, or the aforementioned MMA purists who want to see him lose to someone like Mir, who has better technical skills. Regardless, every single one of his fights are now super-events, and will bring in huge money for the UFC as long as he's on top.

That last sentence is actually something that could be a death sentence, or at least a moratorium, to the idea of Brock Lesnar fighting the one man on the planet who has the single best chance of beating him. This is much to the chagrin of MMA fans everywhere, but there's a good chance that Dana White and the UFC will not want to allow their cash cow to lose by bringing current Affliction star Fedor Emelianenko into the octagon.

A Lesnar vs Fedor matchup would undoubtedly be one of the biggest draws in MMA history. The most physically dominant fighter in the sport against the most dominant heavyweight of all time would certainly be appealing for anyone and everyone who has any interest in the sport. A world class wrestler in Lesnar, who looks like he's even too big for the heavyweight class but still moves with the athleticism of a middleweight might actually have a chance against Fedor, who has excellent jiu jitsu skills to go along with devastating one-punch knockout power in both hands.

Fedor has shown the ability to beat much bigger fighters, including but not limited to 7'2", 350-lb Hong Man Choi, and 6'7" former UFC champ Tim Sylvia. Neither of them are as athletic or have the wrestling pedigree that Lesnar has, so it would be a unique challenge for Fedor. But Lesnar has never fought anyone even remotely comparable to Fedor and his well-rounded skill set.

While there has been a strong movement to get Fedor into the UFC for a while now, it no longer seems to be as necessary, with Lesnar emerging as a dominant champion. Now, he's the most marketable and profitable face in the business, and as long as he's doing well, the UFC is doing well. A fight against Fedor would be the riskiest possible move now for the UFC, especially if they were unable to get Fedor to commit to a long term deal, which appears to be one of the main problems that they're having with trying to close a deal.

So don't hold your breath on Fedor coming to the UFC. Despite the apology, Lesnar will probably keep up with his bad-boy image, and the UFC will pretend that they don't like it, but then they'll snicker all the way to the bank. He'll roll through the winner of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture, and then he'll probably do the same against Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, or whoever else ends up in the opposite corner. There will probably be another matchup with Frank Mir, and Lesnar will probably dominate that one again as well. But once things get boring and people get sick of watching him win, look for the UFC to suddenly go all out for Fedor.

It will happen. Just not any time soon... because now, with the new Brock Lesnar, the UFC doesn't need Fedor.
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7/14/09   |   fedayeen232000

y GSP doesnt gamle on submissive shots like chokes and locks ...he prefer to have take down foe...????hehehe anyways GSP rocks...hehehe..

7/14/09   |   nebo

MMA , etc. has it's foundation in the fighting systems of the world.  These systems exhibit  class and respect .  Lesnar and his WWE  influence will bring in money but will cheapen the history of these fighting systems.  America has epitomized the term "No Class"  so very often and  does so again with Leznar and the "Doink the Clowns"  who will follow him.

7/14/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

Also probably one of the better apologies in sports I've seen.

7/14/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

This is probably the first thing I've read that has me interested in UFC.

7/13/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

UFC doesn't need antics like what Lesnar pulled to put them over the top, they don't need anything but time.  I say that because the main opponent to MMA is boxing, and nobody is boxing anymore.  Kids aren't growing up and looking at boxing as a way to make a living anymore because MMA is soooo much better and the athletes are considered better and, more importantly, more badass.  Soon enough, boxing will die and MMA will be king and will finally start to make the money that boxing is now.

7/13/09   |   ilthdat

Just look ahead to Kimbo

7/13/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

MrOrangeman wrote:
UFC, MMA, Pride, Whatever the hell they are calling it now is a joke. Who's gonna remember these guys in 5-10 years? No one. How many boxers can you remember in the past 70 years? Ali, Frazier, Sugar Ray, Hit Man, Marvelous Marvin, Tyson, Holyfield, Foreman......show I keep going? And that's in the last 30 years or so.

We could go on and on with this, but let's face it... Boxing also has a much longer history, so obviously it will have more big names over its history. Give MMA some time, and it will continue to increase in popularity, as boxing continues to decline.

Boxing offers about 2, MAYBE 3 worthwhile fights per year, while the UFC alone puts out an incredibly popular TV show, and over a dozen total events per year, and will consistently be getting over a million PPV buys.

If you like boxing, that's cool. But there's no reason to bash mixed martial arts just because you know nothing about it. And trust me... that's definitely the case, it's VERY obvious.

7/13/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

fedor vs brock next year. ufc is all bout risak. and this risk will be hugh for the company.

7/13/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

fedor might not sign a long time deal but he will probaby fight a two fight deal. he could fight conture than lesner.  brock wants to be know as the best heavweight in the world hhe will have to get past fedor to that...

7/13/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

Pat wrote:
No offense, but was this the only fight you've watched? Mir's striking is excellent, and he exhibited that against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His jiu jitsu was on display in his wins against Tim Sylvia, Antoni Hardonk, and his first fight against Lesnar. He undeniably is the better technical fighter. The main problem is that Lesnar came into the fight anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds heavier than Mir. At some levels, that's anywhere from 2-4 weight classes, but since it's heavyweights, it's all the same.

UFC, MMA, Pride, Whatever the hell they are calling it now is a joke. Who's gonna remember these guys in 5-10 years? No one. How many boxers can you remember in the past 70 years? Ali, Frazier, Sugar Ray, Hit Man, Marvelous Marvin, Tyson, Holyfield, Foreman......show I keep going? And that's in the last 30 years or so.

7/13/09   |   littleice2   |   31 respect

Pat wrote:
No offense, but was this the only fight you've watched? Mir's striking is excellent, and he exhibited that against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His jiu jitsu was on display in his wins against Tim Sylvia, Antoni Hardonk, and his first fight against Lesnar. He undeniably is the better technical fighter. The main problem is that Lesnar came into the fight anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds heavier than Mir. At some levels, that's anywhere from 2-4 weight classes, but since it's heavyweights, it's all the same.

Pat, I saw the high lights from both title fights. As far as I'm concerned GSP is more of a Champion in the the way he acted in the cage than Brock.  Because look at the way he acted in the cage the at the post fight new conference, Dana goes to Brock Dressing Room has a small chit chat with the Undisputed Champion and he acts like a big pussy cat. What  made me give brock a little bit of respect back was that he said he was sorry to the fans and Bud Light. He my question to you Pat , Did he say sorry to his wife Rena or did she have to give him a Sable Bomb? Do you think the Nevada Commission Fined Him for his conduct after the fight?

7/13/09   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Blackbelt_98 wrote:
"someone like Mir, who has better technical skills." Whatever. I'm not a fan of either one but I watched the fight. For someone who's supposed to be a ju jitsu stylist he sure looked like he didn't have a clue! So what if Lesner brings the WWE influence; UFC has been wrestling dominated since the mid 90's. Can't kick to the groin yet we'll call this ultimate.....

No offense, but was this the only fight you've watched? Mir's striking is excellent, and he exhibited that against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. His jiu jitsu was on display in his wins against Tim Sylvia, Antoni Hardonk, and his first fight against Lesnar. He undeniably is the better technical fighter. The main problem is that Lesnar came into the fight anywhere from 20 to 40 pounds heavier than Mir. At some levels, that's anywhere from 2-4 weight classes, but since it's heavyweights, it's all the same.

7/13/09   |   Blackbelt_98   |   2 respect

"someone like Mir, who has better technical skills." Whatever. I'm not a fan of either one but I watched the fight. For someone who's supposed to be a ju jitsu stylist he sure looked like he didn't have a clue! So what if Lesner brings the WWE influence; UFC has been wrestling dominated since the mid 90's. Can't kick to the groin yet we'll call this ultimate.....

7/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Dana White had this to say following UFC 100 in regards to his potential pursuit of Fedor (as images of dollar signs danced in his head):

"Eventually Fedor is going to be here," said White. "I want Fedor. I want Fedor to come to the UFC. We'll get the deal done and we'll get Brock vs. Fedor and it will be a huge fight."

7/13/09   |   yellahammer66   |   19 respect

The sport is only as good as the competition, the heavyweight division of the UFC is weak.  Fedor would only strenghten that division.  Great champions are made by great competition without the competition everyone will eventually lose interest in the loudmouth beating up on the same people over and over again.

7/13/09   |   10eCT   |   1 respect

Lesnar goes from wrestling to try out for the Vikings to this. Where will he be in a year or two?

7/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
I can personally say that as someone who is on the fringe as far as a fan goes - this guy fascinates me. I am becoming more and more of a MMA fan everyday (much thanks to Dave, Sanchez, and Pat). 

Glad I could be of service there buddy. Fascinating is definitely a good word to use when describing Lesnar.  I have several others, but I would have to use asterisks in including them, and that would defeat the purpose.

7/13/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

I can personally say that as someone who is on the fringe as far as a fan goes - this guy fascinates me. I am becoming more and more of a MMA fan everyday (much thanks to Dave, Sanchez, and Pat). 

7/13/09   |   travismc

lesnars a bada## he will beat any one they match him with right now

7/13/09   |   duartecowboy

hey this is a dog fight if you cant take  dont dish it

7/13/09   |   chicachericola   |   2 respect

Wow, a smart, fair commissioner that athletes listen to and respect? Can Dana White just take over all sports?

He was on top of that situation in no time. He didn't go back to his cozy little office and mull it over for two weeks. He put the hammer down then and there (and while yes, most others are not in house, there are telephones) and turned a negative into a positive quickly. I like how this guy operates. He is for the good of the sport. In this case, you don't screw around with the sponsors. Big no no. But it seems to me, and I may be wrong, but the guy has been pretty fair about every situation thus far.

7/13/09   |   TheRoss   |   356 respect

I don't watch UFC really, and what Lesnar did was wrong. But, stuff like that makes headlines, and that gets people watching. It may upset purists, but it would bring in a lot of new viewers, and a lot more money.

7/13/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Fedor only has one fight left on his current contract, which will take place on August 1st at Affliction: Trilogy.  I expect the stalemate to continue, but I also expect the UFC to push hard at wooing Fedor. 

I think that Dana White has to be a little scared at the idea of Fedor fighting in the UFC however, as he is very much an unknown quantity.  On one hand, he could rip through the somewhat thin Heavyweight class, and create a Anderson Silva-like stranglehold on the division.  Or, it could come to be that he was brutally beating cupcakes or guys very much past their prime and become humbled in the UFC.  That is why I definitely agree with the point of Fedor being the riskiest potential move for the UFC.

As for Brock, the villain card is a good one for him to use, but this isn't the WWE.  Every single fighter in the UFC is classy and gracious in both victory and defeat, it's part of what makes the sport and organization so great.  I'm sure Brock will learn that in time, especially since Dana White won't put up with any of what went on after Lesnar's last fight.  And Carwin & Velasquez are both as big as Brock, and way more talented, so don't sleep on them either.

7/13/09   |   FirstTierSports   |   36 respect

This is too bad, I really hoped we had at least one sport that let athletes speak their mind.