Brock Lesnar can't compare Vince McMahon and Dana White.
After leaving the WWE in 2004, Brock Lesnar would eventually find a second career in MMA, debuting for the UFC in February 2008. He would compete for the promotion 6 times (winning four) before eventually returning to the WWE.
During a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Lesnar spoke about his two larger-than-life bosses, saying that he sees McMahon as more of a father figure despite their love-hate relationship.
"Dana is alright. I got a lot of money from him. Probably should've got paid more. I really can't compare the two. My relationship with Vince is so different than it was with Dana. Vince and I have had a love-hate relationship for the last 20 years, but it's been good. We have a lot of water under the bridge. I have a lot of respect for both men. Dealing for Dana is totally different. I look at Vince more as a father figure. I learned a lot of things from him and I was able to carry those things over and handle business with Dana. Vince is a self-made person, so is Dana. Took the company, made it public," he said.
As for how he felt competing in the octagon, Lesnar says he was totally comfortable. He then spoke about his debut match against Frank Mir and how he was upset to lose to a move that he was prepared for. That said, Lesnar loved being told he couldn't succeed and pleaded for another match.
"Total comfort. I surrounded myself with good guys and I took it very seriously. It wasn't just me going, 'we're going to the gym and working on this.' I hired the best jiu-jitsu and stand up guys to coach me. I took it seriously and it was very humbling, my first fight in UFC against Frank because I had prepared for the kneebar so many times, probably a million times I prepared how to counter and get out of what he got me in. It was like I was in practice and drilling how to get out of it and was like, 'oh shit, this is happening. Yup, that's good, I'm done.' I was so mad at myself and it built another thing that people rammed down your throat and said you can't do something. I love those people. I get goosebumps for that. I had a one-fight deal and I said, 'please, give me another shot at this.' It took off. I fought Heath Herring, got Couture, won the belt," Lesnar said.
Brock won the UFC Heavyweight Championship from Randy Couture at UFC 91 and would successfully defend it against Mir at UFC 100. Lesnar last fought at UFC 200 in a bout against Mark Hunt that was ultimately ruled a No Contest.
After losing the WWE Championship last month at the Royal Rumble to Bobby Lashley (thanks in large to interference from Roman Reigns), Lesnar will have a chance to regain the title this Saturday, February 19 when he faces Lashley, Seth Rollins, Austin Theory, Riddle, and AJ Styles at Elimination Chamber.
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Elsewhere during the interview, Brock said he would like to see a new crop of talent figure out how to get over, remarking that he would like to see less of an emphasis on moves and more experimentation and figuring out how to be different in today's WWE. Click here to read his full remarks.
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