Former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar’s dislike for the general public is no secret. If it weren’t for Spike TV’s “Primetime” and “Countdown” documentary shows, fans would only get a maximum of 15-25 minutes of fight time with the former WWE employee. After which, he would immediately go back into hibernation in the backwoods of Alexandria, Minnesota.
Well, since getting mauled by newly crowned king Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, Lesnar has executed that game plan to perfection by leaving The OC nearly as quietly as he entered it.
However, it was the biggest fight card of the year and Lesnar knew what was at stake. He begrudgingly caved and actually participated in fight-week promotional activities he typically wouldn’t, including an in-studio spot on ESPN’s highly popular Jim Rome is Burning show.
Although UFC 121 garnered unprecedented hoopla – with Lesnar’s participation hovering around the ‘as least as possible’ range, while Velasquez was forced to do countless media junkets and interviews – the sport’s biggest superstar uttered less than 50 words and proceeded to disappear into the night.
“I expected nothing less, you know. He’s a great fighter,” Lesnar stated during his in-Octagon interview. “I knew I had a great challenge in front of me.
“Congratulations, Cain. I had a good training camp. What can I say? He was better than me tonight.”
When asked the obvious question of whether he intends to bounce back with a vengeance, he provided an obvious answer.
“That’s what a champion does, right?” Lesnar said in closing.
Although his bearded mug was plastered on televisions and billboards across the globe, parlayed with his coherent state while granting UFC color commentator Joe Rogan the after-fight interview, the card’s main attraction ditched the post-fight press conference.
Lesnar’s no-show was no surprise to anyone inside the Honda Center’s press room. However, his absence clearly upset some from the mainstream media that normally wouldn’t have provided this extensive of coverage.
UFC president Dana White didn’t give a clear explanation as to why Lesnar was MIA, but vaguely mentioned something about him possibly receiving medical attention.
However, former welterweight top contender Dan Hardy went out of his way to face the firing squad after his devastating lights out loss at UFC 120. It’s not often co-main event losers show up to post-fight pressers, let alone ones that get knocked completely unconscious in their hometown and require a trip to the hospital.
“The Baddest Man on the Planet,” on the other hand, made like Harry Houdini after immediately after promising to return a much better version. Hopefully, Lesnar 2.0 will show significant improvement both inside and outside of the Octagon.