“Talk all the [expletive] you want!” was what heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar screamed into Frank Mir’s busted-up mug after his TKO victory at UFC 100 this past Saturday. That would’ve been fine had this been WWE Raw, but Lesnar showed that he still has a lot to learn about the tradition of mixed martial arts.
Trash-talking is the norm in MMA, but once the fight is over respect usually reigns supreme as both fighters let the past be just that. Unfortunately, Lesnar failed to follow that blueprint as he flipped-off fans who help pay for his massive salary, as well as talking about a possible nightcap with his wife.
At the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White was clearly unhappy about Lesnar’s antics saying, “I was blown away, I was absolutely blown away. I don’t think in the history of the UFC we’ve ever had somebody do anything like that.
“You don’t have to act like someone you’re not. This isn’t the WWE. I’m not trying to get someone to act all crazy so we’ll do more pay-per-views. That’s not what this sport is about.”
At least White’s message was taken to heart by Lesnar to a certain degree.
“I come from a business that is purely entertainment, ” Lesnar told the media. “Dana came back and we had our whip the dog session and I screwed up and I apologize.”
It’ll be interesting to see how fans react to Lesnar in the long-run as he appears to be on his way to being the UFC’s biggest attraction for years to come.
Props to Lesnar for taking a step in the right direction as he apologized numerous times for his shenanigans following his destruction of Mir. His behavior moving forward will certainly be a story line that demands attention.
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