Although UFC heavyweight king Brock Lesnar received some praise for steamrolling interim champ Frank Mir at UFC 100 this past weekend, it was his WWE-like antics after the scrap that has everybody talking. Even though his feud with Mir may not be completely over, he has picked up another hater in Shane Carwin along the way.
“I cannot say I was surprised by anything that night other then Brock’s reaction to beating a very tough Frank Mir,” Carwin stated in his blog. “Frank is a legend and a great guy who got out powered not out classed.”
In case you missed the sideshow, after referee Herb Dean pulled the former professional wrestler off of the battered Mir at 1:59 in the 2ndRound, Lesnar immediately stood up and raised his hands in victory.
That’s all well and good, however he immediately followed that up by pointing two middle fingers towards the audience. He could have been telling the fans inside of the Mandalay Bay Event Center they were #1 in his heart, but you normally don’t use those fingers to do that.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just LAME,” Carwin stated. “He may be a Champion but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a Champion. The fans are why we do this Brock, this sport is not about fat paychecks and drama, it is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did last night.”
Lesnar has made no bones about his love for money, in fact, while other UFC champions are striving to achieve legendary status in a sport they’re willing to die for, it could be argued that Lesnar would never have even tried mixed martial arts if it was 10 years ago when paydays were at an absolute minimum.
“The sponsor issue, you need to talk to your manager, not the fans or Dana,” Carwin added. “It doesn’t matter how much money you make if you can’t earn your peers’ respect and the respect and love of the greatest sporting fans in the world. We have no scripts in this sport, no pre-determined earning amount and no pre-determined outcomes. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose it matters how you win or lose.”
In addition to his salute to the fans, Lesnar found the time to circle back and get directly in Mir’s bloodied grill to talk a little more trash.
Kicking a man while he’s down. Pure class.
MMA is known just as much for its rich tradition and respect as it is for its violent and exciting nature. Lesnar may be new to the sport, however at 32 years of age, he isn’t new to the planet earth or human decency.
His shenanigans are not what MMA is about and that is why UFC president Dana White ripped Lesnar a new one inside his locker room after the fight.
Because of Lesnar, the only coverage ESPN provided on the historic UFC 100 event was Lesnar’s actions afterwords. Not the fact that, in just a handful of years, the UFC has risen from the brink of extinction to be the world’s fastest growing sport. Or the fact that over 30,000 MMA fans packed the streets of Las Vegas just to go to the UFC’s Fan Expo and spend money on merchandise.
“Every autograph I give, every hand I shake I am thankful that you give me the opportunity to be a part of your world,” Carwin said in closing. “This is the greatest sport in the world and most of the athletes in it deserve the love and respect they get and some just don’t get it.”
Carwin will be taking on fellow up-and-comer Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 in October. It is possible that the winner of that scrap could be next in line for a shot at Lesnar.
If Lesnar doesn’t get it by then, which is highly probable, perhaps Carwin can tell him directly to his face inside the Octagon.
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