October 14, 2010

Brock LesnarFor being extremely private in his personal life, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is still proud to be an example to kids looking up to him as an athlete in the sport of mixed martial arts.

A former NCAA wrestling champion, Lesnar spent years traveling and working the circuits of the professional wrestling world with World Wrestling Entertainment before taking his turn doing MMA. Being in the spotlight since he left college, Lesnar may shy away from cameras getting too close to his family as seen on “UFC Primetime,” but he hopes he can set an example to the youth by doing the right things in and out of the cage.

“Absolutely,” Lesnar answered when asked if he feels he’s a role model. “The modern day athlete today, he’s got nowhere to hide. With TV cameras, cell phones, Flip cameras, you’ve got to walk the line and be responsible.

“There is responsibility with being the champion.”

Lesnar has always been a fighter who has spoken his mind whether the conversation turns to politics or medical care, but he believes that being a good example to kids looking up to him is an important role he carries with being the UFC champion. Accountability is the way that Lesnar lives his life, and whether it’s in the cage fighting or walking down the street when someone takes a picture, he’s got to be on point at all moments.

A father of three, the Minnesota fighter believes that parenthood is the best example of how to behave the right way and instill the right values that people will try to mirror in him.

“First and foremost, I have to be a good role model to my own kids. If you do that, then you should be for other kids to see as well,” Lesnar stated.

Nobody is perfect though, and Lesnar is quick to point out anybody is capable of making mistakes. It’s how you react and move on that’s the key.

It could be argued that he slipped up following his first win over Frank Mir, taunting the beaten fighter and making unseemly remarks in the Octagon after the fight. He later apologized at the post-fight press conference.

“People are going to trip and people are going to make mistakes, that’s human nature,” Lesnar commented. “As long as you learn from those mistakes and take responsibility, what more can you ask for?”