While champion Brock Lesnar has never been one to pull any punches – although Shane Carwin is hoping he will Saturday night when they collide at UFC 116 for the undisputed heavyweight crown – the brash wrestler wasn’t interested in kicking a downed Fedor Emelianenko.
“It was disappointing. I hate to see a guy like that,” Lesnar told The Jim Rome Show of Fedor’s abrupt fall from grace. “Whether his legacy was more of a mystique than it was, he stood up and he was respectful and it was tough to see. It reminded me of my first fight against Frank [Mir] when I got really anxious and fell right into the trap.
“That’s a tough pill to swallow. That’s a big pill to swallow and I definitely do not want to try to swallow that pill again.”
When asked if it was possible to sympathize with the man most consider the planet’s top 265-pounder – despite his uncanny ability to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge the Octagon – the former WWE superstar claimed to be spearheading the “2-4-6-8-Who-Do-We-Appreciate” charge.
“I feel bad for him,” Lesnar candidly stated.
Although Lesnar witnessed Fabricio Werdum end Emelianenko’s nearly decade-long winning streak in :69 OH MY GOD seconds, he believes his legacy is still intact because it happens to the best of them – including Lesnar.
“No I don’t. I don’t think any less of him,” Lesnar said of the Russian. “We’re human beings and we all make mistakes and it’s whether or not we can get up and better ourselves. That’s what true champions are made of, I believe.”
Emelianenko’s resume still reads an unprecedented 31-2. He rattled-off 27 straight W’s the last time he lost a scrap.