Much like a proverbial 600 pound gorilla in a movie theater, WWE’s Brock Lesnar can sit anywhere—and say anything—he darn well pleases. And when he hunkered down for a recent interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter, he did just that, wading into territory that’s typically reserved for discussion forums and comment sections throughout the much-maligned “Internet Wrestling Community.”
MMA Mania and other news outlets posted excerpts from Lesnar’s candid spot with the sports network. Discussing the differences between WWE and UFC, Brock Lesnar took a definitive stand on who is better when it comes to hype-building and fight promotion: WWE’s Vince McMahon or UFC’s Dana White.
“Of course, Dana, [WWE] is fake — we all know that. But, you are promoting the same thing we are promoting. Dana White is promoting fights, we’re promoting fights. It just so happens we get a little more longevity out of our fights and out of our fighters because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena — everybody knows that — but, if you can’t turn on WWE on Monday nights, get something out of that show and be entertained, then something is wrong with you.”
Lesnar’s reference to the often discussed controversy over whether or not pro wrestling is fake is a reference to Dana White’s recent dust-up with WWE fans via Twitter prior to a UFC event. White, who referred to WWE as “fake s**t” drew criticism from fans and wrestlers alike. Judging from Lesnar’s comments, he was not particularly fond of the UFC president’s characterization of professional wrestling, either.
Touching on the similarities and differences between the business models for UFC and WWE, Brock Lesnar left no doubt as to which man he thinks has superior insight and the results to back it up with regard to their respective endeavors.
“Dana, probably in his defense, is promoting fighting, but it’s the same thing — he’s trying to sell pay-per-view (PPVs) and money fights. It’s the same racket. [UFC] is not rehearsed, absolutely, but the business model is the same — it’s identical. I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana and it might rub Dana the wrong way. Vince is the pioneer, he’s been doing this his whole life, and he’s damn good at it.”
The athlete speaks from a unique perspective, as he is one of the few individuals who have crossed over from a successful career in MMA to a top spot in WWE. Brock Lesnar, who clashed with The Undertaker on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, will take on The Phenom in a rematch of their WrestleMania 30 bout at SummerSlam this weekend. SummerSlam will run head to head against the pay per view event UFC Fight Night 74 on Sunday, August 23.
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