Don’t Count UFC Boss Dana White Among the Brock Lesnar or WWE Detractors

April 22, 2012
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Love him or hate him, Brock Lesnar gets you to pay attention to him.

Now that Lesnar has returned to his old stomping grounds in professional wrestling, the haters are back out in full force.

Coming from a background in professional wrestling with the WWE prior to his mixed martial arts career, Lesnar had detractors from the first day that he put on a pair of MMA gloves.

The uproar grew to a fever-pitch when it was revealed that he would fight in the UFC. Most everyone thought he was being thrown to the wolves, UFC president Dana White among them.

“The guy came over here at thirty-whatever-years-old. When he came over here the guy was 1-0 in MMA and I was like, you’re crazy. You’re gonna get smashed over here, and he didn’t,” recounted White.

“We threw all the toughest guys at him, and he accomplished what he accomplished.”

White also respects something about Lesnar and his camp that is a rare commodity in the mixed martial arts world… secrecy.

The UFC doesn’t mind its fighters talking about their upcoming fights, promoting themselves and their sponsors; they just want it done in a certain manner. But somehow, it always seems that nearly every fight that anyone cares about leaks about to John Q. Public before UFC officials are ready.

That’s one thing that White says he never had to worry about with Lesnar.

“When he did the deal with the WWE, all the rumblings started with you guys. He never called me. He never told me. He didn’t have to. It was always up front and said in his deal, he could do the WWE,” said White.

“One of the things I love about Brock is, everything we did with that guy, nothing ever leaked out of that camp.”

Lesnar’s star in the world of MMA was perhaps of the shooting variety, fighting only eight times in his career. But having defeated the likes of Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin, and capturing the UFC heavyweight title are no small feats.

He did lose back-to-back bouts to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, sending him packing out of the Octagon, but don’t every expect to hear White ever again join the chorus of those who discredit what Lesnar did, or his return home to the WWE.

“I’m happy for him. To do what he did in the WWE, came here and did what he did, now he’s back over there. Good for him; good for them.”

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  • MikeMc1983

    Haters are haters. Lovers are lovers.

    The haters raised the bar everytime he did something well. At first he couldn’t fight with anyone. When he did they raised the bar and said he could never be champion. Then he did. They said he couldn’t defend the title. Then he did. At last they were right. They said he couldn’t recapture the title. That was it. It meant the haters were right all along… He just got lucky all along. Hell, people discounted randy couture just to claim “they were right.”

    The lovers are not too different. They lowered the bar whenever he failed. Or made excuses. They believed he could be the most dominate fighter of all time. But then he got sick didn’t he….the lovers dream about “what could have been?”

    Truth is he was just a guy who wanted to see if his pretty rare athletic abilities could make him the best fighter in the world. If the answer was ever yes, it was for a brief moment in history. I’m sure he’s not entirely happy with the outcome, but he does have something’s he could hang his hat on.
    There’s not anyone I can think of that could have done what he attempted any better.
    No one was discounting randy when he embarrassed a heavyweight boxing champion. Not too bad for a “fake rassler.”

  • Brock brought a lot of new fans and attention to MMA. His time here was good for the sport.

  • Towers66

    I never missed a Brock PPV. He was fun to watch. I knew he was in over his head with Cain and Alistair. I agree, he was nothing but good for the sport as a whole.

  • BlackDog2009

    I LOVE Lesnar in MMA! The beatings he took were well worth watching. His turtle defense, inept stand up game, limited JJ (if you can call it that) were all entertaining to watch! My favorite is the steady diet of knees that Reem gave him, sending him out of the UFC for good. Great stuff if you got to see it. Good riddance.

    • You seem upset.

      • BlackDog2009

        i know you are lol

        • DubstepDIST

          What about when he made Carwin tap? I bet you were one of the man lovers of Carwin. It’s cool, we know you love men. Admit it, you secretly like men.

    • TKD

      I actually agree with BlackDog2009’s statement. later Lesnar!

  • Triggerman99

    Yeah I’m not sad to see him go. I guess you could consider me a hater. But I don’t hate him because he came from the WWE. I hate him because he’s an a$$hole.

  • Helixtwice

    Lesnar was not, and never will be popular. He did not seek it.
    If anyone saw the Shane Carwin fight, and does not see what Lesnar brings…there is no hope for them.
    He did what he came to do.
    He retired because he knew that he had to or very possibly die, and he is a family man.
    Few work harder.
    He gave the fans an excellent show.
    He owes no one anything, and detractors are irrelevant to him, and to his place in MMA history.

    • Triggerman99

      Let’s not get carried away. First off, he doesn’t really have a place in MMA history any more than the next guy. He didn’t do anything extraordinary and he didn’t pioneer anything.
      I agree that it’s close-minded to disregard him as a fighter and discredit him completely, but let’s not paint a picture of this guy like he’s some kind of saint or great role model. The guy is a disrespectful prick who folds like a lawnchair when things don’t go as planned. I’m sure the sport of MMA will be just fine without that sort of person in it’s ranks.

  • enthb

    Depending on the outcome of the upcoming heavyweight title bout, maybe he can take a weekend off from WWE and use his inept skills to be UFC champion again.