UFC 100 came and went last Saturday, the highlight of which must have been Brock Lesnar’s vengeance on Frank Mir, the only fighter to whom Lesnar had lost an MMA bout. Sox & Dawgs brings us video of Lesnar’s post-fight interview with some guy that looks like Joe Rogan with a beard. We all know that Joe Rogan’s body produces an enzyme that prohibits him from growing facial hair, but I digress. This is the kind of victory speech that will put Brock Lesnar in the White House come 2013. The sport of MMA has found its great orator, and his chest bears a very penis-like tattoo. Never mind that he has no experience as a chief executive. That doesn’t seem to be much of a prereq these days.
And yeah, some people are gonna be pissed at the fact that Lesnar shot the bird to the fans or discussed the joys of Coors Light or performing a horseshoe-ectomy or having sex with his wife, (even though he later apologized for it) but honestly, screw them. Those are the people that can’t stand MMA, that feel they’re above it. None of these writers have any problems with Terrell Owens acting like an asshole after he catches a touchdown pass. Or drops one, for that matter. Brock Lesnar is not going to be visiting kids in hospitals and promising knockouts to 9-year-old boys with terminal cancer. Nor should he; the reason MMA works as a sport–and grabs such a large following of males that don’t follow traditional sports–is because it shatters that stodgy, sportswriter-cast mold of the 20th century athlete. But even with that understood, Lesnar still managed to irritate the wrong guy last night.
Dan Wetzel of Y! Sports reported that UFC czar Dana White pulled Lesnar aside and chastised him for his behavior after the match.
“What he’s doing out there tonight is not real,” White said. “You don’t have to act like something you’re not. This isn’t the WWE. I don’t ask these guys to act crazy so we get more pay per views. That’s not the business I’m in.”
In the meantime, the cementing of Lesnar’s reputation as the promotion’s most hated man is done.
“Brock hasn’t made himself very loveable,” White said. “They hate Brock.”
I love Brock. The guy won UFC’s biggest fight to date. He won that promotion’s heavyweight title. And then Grizzly Rogan jams a mic in his face and asks, “So how’d it feel to kick that guy’s ass?” WHAT IS HE SUPPOSED TO SAY? This is the guy that Dana White brought in. This is the guy that got fed up with WWE. The guy that walked away from the NFL because he didn’t want to play in Europe. The guy that came to MMA because guys with 25-inch necks don’t work the late shift at Denny’s. It’s wishful thinking on White’s part that he can take Brock’s name and peel away the rest of that wrestling persona like a banana peel.
Brock Lesnar, in case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, is not a company guy. But now after the dust has settled from UFC 100, he’s THE GUY. And whether that’s part of the sizzle or not, I want to see it. I want to see what happens when he wins again. When he loses. As a casual fan, I’m guaranteed entertainment the next time he steps into the octagon. I don’t care if he’s a prick or who he upsets by doing so, because he’s done it. And I can’t wait to see him do it again.
Catch the end of Lesnar-Mir after the jump.