Well, it looks like former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (pictured) won’t be receiving a Christmas card from Dana White this year.
On Tuesday morning’s edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Lesnar compared the promotional skills of the UFC president to current boss, WWE owner Vince McMahon. Let’s just say, White won’t be too pleased with what came out of his former fighter’s mouth.
White came up as a topic of conversation because he lit the Internet of fire earlier this month by daring to call professional wrestling, wait for it, “fake.”
“Well, of course, Dana, [professional wrestling] is fake,” Lesnar stated. “And everybody knows that. You’re promoting the same thing we’re promoting. Dana White is promoting fights, we’re promoting fights. It just so happens we get a little more longevity out of our fights and out of our fighters because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena, everybody knows that.
“So, Dana, in his defense, is promoting fighting, but it’s the same thing. He’s trying to sell pay-per-views, he’s trying to sell money fights. It’s the same racket. [MMA is] non-rehearsed, absolutely. But the business model is the same. It’s identical. And I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana, and that might rub Dana the wrong way.”
When asked why he thought his current boss was better at promoting than his previous one, Lesnar said, “Because Vince is the pioneer of it. He’s been doing this his whole life, and he’s damn good at it.”
Lesnar flirted with a potential return to the UFC this past March, but decided to remain with the WWE after McMahon made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“I work part-time for full-time pay, which everybody wants. But you can’t have it. Just me,” Lesnar stated at the time.
Lesnar merely expressed his opinion, but everybody knows how sensitive White can be. It will be OK, Dana. Time to put your big boy Reebok pants on.