Brock Lesnar is a beast, someone who is just not of this world with his ridiculous combination of strength, size and athletic ability that has seen him be crowned NCAA, UFC, and WWE Heavyweight Champion throughout his career.
However, Lesnar is still human, with all the flaws and faults that come with being a mere mortal. And he spoke about them during a recent interview.
Earlier this year, Lesnar revealed that he struggled badly with addiction during his first stint in the WWE. Now he has gone into a bit more detail about that battle with addiction.
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After the shock reveal that he is returning to the UFC for a one-off fight against the power-puncher Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9, Lesnar has naturally been doing a lot of press and interviews.
'The Beast Incarnate' appeared on ESPN's Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones and spoke about his past troubles back in the early 2000's.
"Well, that was the early years of me when I was a young performer in the wrestling ring," Lesnar said, setting the scene for how he fell into the pit of despair that is a serious addiction.
"You go through things in life, you become rich and you become famous and you're young. And to top it all off you're travelling 360 days a year."
According to Lesnar, the WWE's hectic and punishing schedule of being on the road all of the time took its toll on him, badly.
"Although the wrestling is fake, the ring is still a very non-forgiving environment to be in. You're dealing with a lot of different injuries," he said, before admitting to an addiction of Vodka and Vicodin.
"Not only that, I'm not a man to be on the road, in a hotel every night and on an aeroplane every day. To cope with all that, my best friends were vodka and Vicodin."
Lost Two Years
Lesnar added in another interview that this was one of the main reasons why he chose to leave the WWE in the first place, because it had changed him and turned him into an addict.
"I had to get out of the wrestling business back then to save my life," he said. "I just wasn't happy. I wasn't happy at the time. I felt like a caged animal. I didn't want that."
He also admitted that he could barely remember two whole years of his life. That's how long Lesnar was addicted and reveals just how serious the damage he was doing to his brain and body was.