Brock Lesnar shocked the fight world when it was revealed last week that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion would be making a return to the UFC.
'The Beast Incarnate' will be taking on the heavy-hitting Mark Hunt in a one-off fight at UFC 200 on July 9. The former UFC Heavyweight champ said that the reason for his return was so that he would have no regrets, with a clause in his WWE contract allowing him to fight.
That wasn't the only thing that Lesnar has said since the announcement. The 38-year-old also spoke about the current state of the UFC, and his admiration for Conor McGregor.
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Lesnar was the biggest thing the UFC had to a superstar when he was with the company, which was shown by the fact that his fight with Frank Mir at UFC 100 is still the highest selling pay-per-view in the history of the promotion.
Since the beast's exit, however, that role as top dog has been taken over by Conor McGregor, with the Irishman holding the second and third spots on that same best-selling PPV list.
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Good for UFC
Lesnar has noticed this and believes McGregor - and more people like him - are good for the UFC.
"I don’t know him, but I know of Conor McGregor," Lesnar said, via MMA Junkie. "This sport has evolved even from the first time that I entered into the octagon."
"I think people are finding out that you have to talk the talk, and more importantly you have to walk the walk. For guys that can talk and walk the walk, I think it’s great. It’s great for the company."
There is some debate over whether or not UFC 196: McGregor vs Diaz actually outgrew UFC 100: Lesnar vs Mr and McGregor has been going around calling himself the King of PPV. That doesn't bother Lesnar too much.
"I’ve got no qualms with anybody," he stated. "If somebody wants to state they are the biggest pay-per-view draw in the world, I don’t care. I’ve never came out and said, ‘Hey, listen, I hold the most pay-per-view buys.’
"All I know is what I got paid, and I’m happy to do so. I’m a prizefighter. I don’t hang my championships on the wall because they don’t pay the bills."
The Almighty Dollar
While Lesnar said in a previous interview that the only reason he came out of retirement was so that in 20 years he would have no regrets about not making a comeback to the UFC, there is another reason: money.
Brock Lesnar loves getting paid, like he really, really loves it, no matter how much he says that isn't all it comes down to me.
"I’m a prizefighter; I fight for money," Lesnar said. "They’re making money, I’m making money, everyone’s making money – that’s what this is all about. More importantly, it’s not about the money to me. I’ve always said money is very important to me, but you can’t step inside the octagon just for the money. This is in my heart. It just so happens I’m making a boatload of money."
It's a shame that both McGregor vs Diaz II and Lesnar vs Hunt aren't on the same card. That would be an incredible show and would shatter all box office records. Instead, we'll have to make do with both UFC 200 and 202 being big shows.