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"UFC success was on my blood, sweat and tears" – Brock Lesnar


By Lorenzo Luciano:

Brock Lesnar former UFC heavyweight champion, left the UFC after suffering back to back devastating loses against Cain Valesquez and current embattled heavyweight number one contender Alistair Overeem.

Lesnar joined the UFC in 2008 and left in 2011 with an MMA record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Having accomplished more in his short MMA career than what most will ever achieve in a lifetime.

Since leaving the UFC, he made his return to the WWE on the Monday Night RAW show. Fans loved him, besides he had something to say about his time in the UFC.

“Proud? I’m proud of everything I do. Let me tell you a little story. Eight years ago I left this company. I was a WWE Champion. Took this company to heights it had never seen before. Left the company, went to the UFC and became UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world. “

“Their success was on my blood, sweat and tears. Proud? Damn right I’m proud.”

Lesnar did bring in the highest pay per views the UFC has ever seen, but the UFC was already well on its way to being an established and very successful company.

What do you think? Did Lesnar’s notoriety and marketing power help make the UFC what it is now?

Is Lesnar taking too much credit?

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60 Comments to "UFC success was on my blood, sweat and tears" – Brock Lesnar

  1. Mike Diaz says:

    Lesnar is taking WAY TOO MUCH CREDIT imo! The only factor that solidified his notoriety was the face that he was known by millions around the world as the fake wrestling champ! Of course a behemoth of a man makes for a crowd drawing fight, cmon! But he helped build the UFC, please! The division was the shallowest it ever was when he was granted the title shot and not to mention that now a days, a consistent win streak will not guarantee you a title shot, but if your a fan favorite, that will move mountains because what’s right is one thing and paying the fighters and the bills is another! Brock Lesnar a hall of famer, joke……..Diaz Bros and TEAM PENN!!!!!!!

  2. Semtex says:

    Dream on big boy

  3. STROWS says:

    No way Brock had anything to do with the UFC’s great success. Brock was a joke and the only reason he became champ was because he took it away from a fighter who was a great deal smaller than him, Randy Couture but even in that fight Randy still held his own for a while. Brock would not be able to continue as a bad ass in the UFC in the Heavy weight class with Cain, Alistar, Dos Santos and new and improved Frank Mir. He had to leave before they made him look like a chump.

  4. squid says:

    shut the hell up brock. you accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and in a way most of us can only dream of doing… i’ll give you that. but you didnt make the ufc. it was by the hard work of zuffa and mostly and mainly the REAL fighters that came before you (ahem Royce, Ken, Coleman, BJ, Jens, Randy, Hughes, Chuck, Tito, etc)!

  5. Scotty says:

    HA If anything the UFC sucked this dude dry and got everything they needed out of him.. UFC just made money off him and thats about it.. They knew they would get the average joe who was a WWE fanatic to buy PPV’s when Brock was on the card! And the HW division was suffering at the point when Brock came in, so they needed something.. Not to take anything away from Brock, he did train his ass off and accomplished a good amount before people figured him out.. But once the UFC seen it he wasnt a complete fighter they gave him the best striker in the HW division! Who did him in and Brock was done… Make the UFC successful? NO.. Make them some money when the HW division was suffering? YES

    • Ly-er says:

      Haha good point. I mean who gets a title shot after just losing to submission by Mir then beating someone like “Heath Herring”. If only it was that easy for all the other heavy weights, but it is what it is I suppose!

  6. DKAVA&^ says:

    All you posters are idiots. It is a WRESTLING PROMO. It’s a script and if you let it get you all riled up, you may as well be watching it because you are just as much a rube as those that do. Tools…

  7. Oh please... says:

    It’s the WWE, man. They’re supposed to say stuff like this. What’s he supposed to say? “I got sick and left, nbd, Josh.” While it is true he brought exposure to the UFC’s heavyweight division, this was still said on the WWE’s biggest show during the week. Lets not forget the crazy things that are said and are acted out on this show. For example, the reasoning behind Vince’s strut is that his balls are the size of grapefruits, and that there is a dead guy that comes around during wrestlemania season who has mystical powers. They had Dave Batista say the line “Eddie’s dead,” defacing the memory of Batista’s DEAR friend who died a few years prior. It’s all scripted, everything is done and said SOLELY to make the crowd go “woo” or “boo.” The MOMENT he said this, I saw an article coming, and I already thought it was stupid. This shouldn’t have been taken seriously at all. Way to waste an article on something that doesn’t even matter.

  8. Hans says:

    you arse monkey

  9. chardt says:

    I disagree.. I was curious to see if a ‘fake’ wrestler would get owned by a ‘real’ fighter..Brock held his own against impressive opponents, then got better by leaps and bounds..he went back to avenge his loss to Mir by pummelling the shit out of him..he beat Randy Couture. For a guy his size, his explosive speed and power was untouched. Sure his first fight was a novelty, and I watched out of curiosity..but he earned everything he got.

    Brock earned my respect as a fighter and I wish him all the best.

    Look at the Carwin fight, and tell me he doesn’t deserve respect. He took a first round ass-beating..survived and beat Carwin..NOBODY has done that.

  10. Eric El Bestia says:

    thanks to Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddel, Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture is what UFC is today. Along with Matt Hughes, Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, BJ Penn, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.

  11. austin says:

    i agree ken tito chuck bj matt h. u could go on an on they built it and it was gettig biggger and bigger witout brock.

  12. T.Daddy says:

    War Brock! Fukk the haters

  13. Dano the clown says:

    Brock did not say he made the UFC. The way this stinking reporter phrased his questions make you all not realize that what Brock is saying is truth. He said their (the ufc) success was on his blood, sweat and tears which is undoubtably true and not just for him but all the fighters it just so happens that love him or hate him he was a huge draw and increased sales and marketablilty. In fact, its confirmed that FOX wanted Lesnar on its first show and specifically mentioned him first.

  14. Da Cocoa Kid says:

    It’s the name of the game today – I don’t agree w/him, but respect the hustle. Just like Chael (be honest – at best, he is an average fighter – his record says so) promotes the hell outta his ass and gets paid big $$ for big fights, Brock did the same. All about promotin’ ya’self it seems these days…

    • scott says:

      Following your anaolgy Randy Couture records (19-11) makes him average at best versus Chaels record (27-11). I agree with you to a point about marketing yourself in the sport though. But just because you’ve lost a number of fights that doesn’t make you average.

  15. Liam cresci says:

    Brock Lesnar is a great fighter but I think he’s taking to much credit

  16. Gordy says:

    Brock was one of the fighters that helped elevate the UFC to new heights. I don’t think he beleives he was the only fighter to do so but he was definitely one of the guys fans tuned in to follow – some loved him, some hated him, but most were interested in what he was doing and saying

  17. Jon Joey says:

    Im not exactly a Brock hater, but its no secret that the UFC wnted him to make more fans and make money. Thats why he was given a UFC Heavyweight title shot with the record breaking record of 1 loss and two wins?? Credit where it is due he did defend his title twice but even then he didnt run up enough wins when compared to how many wins some fighters get before given a title shot. He was great for the sport but I never rate him as a great fighter.

  18. v v says:

    i agree with brock…. he brought over wwe fans and converted them into mma fans…thanks to brock fighters think they need to hype up fights and put on a show.

  19. nasty nate says:

    he helped bring over some fans but it was not solely him!!

  20. I’m going to say yeah, he is taking way to much credit. Frank Mir had a lot to do with it to. It takes 2 to make a story line. And it takes a lot of blood, guts and passion to take as much physical abuse as these two did.

    Brock had his part, but so did Frank and the UFC machine. But more so Frank then UFC.

  21. Jonesy says:

    It was a wrestling promo. They say stuff like that all the time. Unless you are watching, who really cares?

  22. cory says:

    Brock Lesnar made the UFC what it is….yeah right, i still dont understand how he even got a title shot. He lost his first UFC fight to Mir then he beat herring who isnt even a top 20 heavyweight then gets a title shot, oh please brock made the UFC what it is, he is right where he belongs and that is at fake fighting where people arent going to hit him so hard.

  23. Nick says:

    He’s right somewhat. Pretty sure it’s just promo though. He did bring a lot of people who were watching WWE into UFC. He did actually help the company. Most of you are blind 10 year olds who have no business knowledge at all.

  24. Nando says:

    Short answer: no

  25. Noke says:

    Brock was cutting a promo, it’s suppose to sound like that. If you really believe that he is trying to take credit for the UFC’s rise then I have some beachfront property in the everglands to sell you.

  26. kevin says:

    Sounds like he is speaking in character. He should of crushed a bunch of tin cans in ufc before going on to fight top 10 guys who have enough skill to overcome his brute power. He beat Frank Mir because Mir is weak to powerful wrestling, but guys with top notch wrestling defense like JDS, Overeem (steroids or not), and Velasquez will tear him apart.

  27. Stael says:

    Brock is absolutely right. Brock Lesnar was the absolute #1 draw by an extremely large margin during all the years he was active in the UFC. I think it was like 4/5 of UFC’s highest all time buy rates came from Brock Lesnar. Check out weheartmma’s top 5 biggest draws of the ufc (which doesnt include the overeem fight) Brocks average buys per ppv are over $1M while he beats out even the second place ( GSP) by over $300,000.

  28. Ed says:

    Just when I started to forget why I hated him, Ive just been reminded.

  29. Beaner says:

    Griffin vs Bonnar is what made the UFC finally get in the big spot light. If the finale didn’t go the way it did and was some cheap boring one sided fight alot of the hype would never of happened. Sure the UFC had been around and working its way up the ladder. But that match helped them jump great lengths into making the company what it is now. Brock did his part but not the way he says.

  30. Doug Diamond says:

    Booo!

  31. Bob Finsley says:

    Come on guys let’s face it. Brock Lesnar is far from a word-smith. I honestly think what he said came out wrong. As big a PPV draw as he was, there’s no way he believes the UFC would not have been what it is today without him.

  32. Medic says:

    Brock did alot and became UFC Champ in a short time what everyone forgets brock got sick bad people he fought that way when he lost he had surgery to remove his intestines of course him fighting after he was going to get hurt he got in and fought anyways much respect to brock and what he did for the UFC not saying he made it what it is today but def help with ratings!

  33. Secludedly says:

    He had no impact aside from possibly getting some Pro Wrestling fans involved in watching the sport. I respect his trials and tribulations, but his fighting career… well, he never proved much in a fighting aspect considering his insane steroid usage and size from the past to get him to where he was, and that he didn’t know how to fight very well except for when it came to his Wrestling and strength. He’s kind of a cool guy though. He’s a freak show looking monster so he’d bring in good ratings, and his exposure to the world of MMA was fun.

  34. Secludedly says:

    Oh, and that’s just a Pro Wrestling gimmick. Don’t take things said on a scripted TV show serious, especially during a shoot. He has to come off as the big huge bad ass. It’s really weird hearing the letters “UFC” in a WWE shoot though.

  35. xman says:

    Brock lesnar achieved allot in a short time , but no way in fucking hell did Brock lesnar make the UFC is what it is now , without Brock the UFC would be just as popular , the WWE ego is getting into his head again.

  36. Jake says:

    Everyone should chill out. Brock is a great athlete and has a had a lot success in his life but come on the WWE has writers and they script their interviews. Of course they are going to have him say that. I makes them look better by getting him back.

  37. Pancho says:

    Brock did alot for UFC whether you admit it or not.

  38. RonM says:

    Common guys, he’s Brock Lesnar. Of course he’ll talk like that especially while he is in WWE. Off character, some said that he’s a pretty nice guy.

  39. Ray Rosa says:

    People Brock Lesnar is the worst thing the UFC has ever done. The guy can’t fight for shit
    and the olny reason he got the belt was because of his size. For him to make such comments shows what a losser he is. Fighter like Forrest, BJ, Randy, St Pierr , Tito, and the Diaz brothers made the ufc.

  40. Jason says:

    Miscue on words or not, the answer is simple….No, he did not.

  41. Bjj BB says:

    Yea his PPV was big cuz 80% of ppl ordering wanted to see him lose, the other 20% were WWE fans that wanted to see him win, but im not taking away anything he did, but theres no way he or any1 can think he helped build the UFC to what it is now, thats just bullshit!! If that was true then the UFC would be going under now that he left!! Eat a dick Brock !!

  42. Demetrius says:

    First I am a huge fan of both WWE and UFC, even to this day. To be quite honest I think Brock has done so much for both organizations. He had a huge fan base, something like one of the WWE legends before he left pro wrestling. When he decided to leave on top of his game and take up MMA, he brought along some 75% of his worldwide fans. I personally couldnt wait for his arrival in the UFC, because I was slowly becoming a fan of the sport after watching Ken Shamrock in the UFC, after his departure from WWF(at the time). To be honest Brock brought in alot of money for the UFC, faster than they were expecting. It would have happened, but Brock sped up the process. Just an opinion of everything sports!

  43. Bjj BB says:

    Demetrius- True!

  44. rty says:

    i only watched for brock. its boring now.

  45. rty says:

    if brock and joe rogan weren’t in ufc, it would be no where.

  46. rty says:

    now that brock is gone, it will return to its insignificance once more, even though there are 14 ppv per month – lol.

  47. kevin kuluvar says:

    When Brock was in ufc that was the only time I had any interest at all. I’m not a WWE fan at all. Now that Brock is gone I have no interest. Look at UFC’s ratings now they suck and will continue to suck much like boxing. UFC needs a new big time name heavyweight.

    • kevin kuluvar says:

      That is too funny I just read the last couple comments they basically said the same thing I just said. The UFC really foes suck it’s not just me.

  48. kevin kuluvar says:

    I just read the last couple comments and they basically said the same thing I said. The UFC really does suck.

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