There’s been plenty of talk lately regarding heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and his “jovial” mood following a life-threatening bout with diverticulitis. However, UFC president Dana White says we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that he’s changed.
“I mean he’s jovial, he’s Brock. Dude, not much is gonna change,” White said of Lesnar’s attitude towards the world.
The champ recently said that between the illness and uncertainty of his future, his outlook on both training and fighting have changed. Despite his newly-found charm, it doesn’t mean White is going to make him the UFC’s next spokesperson.
“All the fighters, no matter who you are, it’s mandatory that if I need you to go to Best Buy out in somewhere or I need you to travel … I don’t send him anywhere,” said White. “I keep him with as little human interaction as possible.”
Lensar also said that he’s never been more excited than he currently is. To finally be able to return to the Octagon and defend his title against undefeated Shane Carwin on Saturday night at UFC 116 was something he couldn’t have imagined doing six months ago.
“I could just sit back and say ‘you know what, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’ I’m in a great position. I’m very fortunate that I can even fight and I just don’t take anything for granted,” Lesnar said while appearing on The Jim Rome Show.
In an attempt to take advantage of Lensar’s dapper mood, a reporter asked if his outlook on the media had also changed, which prompted the ornery Minnesotan to quickly reply, “No, I still dislike all of you.”
Please check out White’s UFC 116 pre-fight interview with Heavy.com in the media player below: