Brock Lesnar talks of 'respect' and appreciation for Vince McMahon

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After today's dramatic news that Jon Jones has been removed from the UFC 200 card due to a potential drug violation, the UFC must be counting their lucky stars that they still have Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt to headline this weekend's event.

That wouldn't have been possible, however, had WWE CEO Vince McMahon not given 'The Beast Incarnate' permission to forgo his WWE responsibilities in favour of chasing his UFC dream.

Speaking this week in the run up to the bout - which will be UFC 200's main event - Lesnar opened up a little about how a previously frosty relationship with Vince has cooled to the point where a deal was able to be done:


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"The devil's in the details in the language; it's not complicated when you have the right people who understand your contracts and understand your life. That really boils down to it," he told Fox Sports.

"Vince giving me the nod to be able to do this, I have great respect for the man and I think he has a greater respect for Brock Lesnar after I walked out in 2004 and went on to become UFC heavyweight champion.

"We're both older, more mature and it is water under the bridge."

The announcement that Lesnar would be returning to the UFC shocked a lot of people, not least before it was thought McMahon would never sanction such a move.

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Clearly, though, the mutual respect between employee and employer is there for all to see. What's more, in Lesnar's eyes, Vince knew he stood to benefit in the long run by allowing the former Heavyweight champion to get back inside the octagon:

"I think he knows that a happy Brock Lesnar is easier to work with than a Brock Lesnar that's not."

So long as Lesnar avoids serious injury this weekend, the WWE look set to benefit from their decision - both in terms of raising awareness about their product, and keeping a top level Superstar content.

Who knows, chasing his UFC dream could ultimately lead to even more impressive displays further down the line when he returns to the squared circle. 

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