Last night at UFC 100, former WWE Undisputed Champion and current UFC Champion Brock Lesnar defeated UFC Interim Champion Frank Mir by TKO in the second round. After trash-talking by Mir directed towards Lesnar’s previous profession (professional wrestler in WWE) Lesnar gets the last laugh.
A bloodied Mir was humbled by the 265 lb beast, stating very quietly in his post-match interview that Lesnar had done a good job and he underestimated him. Lesnar was not as humble, and basked in the limelight of his revenge win and the unification of the two UFC titles.
This limelight, however, was a very unique one, because although Lesnar was celebrating his win, UFC fans in attendance were not sharing his joy.
“Keep doing it, I love it,” Lesnar egged the crowd on during booing and jeering. They continued to boo him as he laughed and cut a promo better than any he had done before in WWE.
“He had a horseshoe up his ass and I pulled it out and beat him over the head with it,” Lesnar said of Mir. Talk all the shit you want now!”
Lesnar had harsh words for sponsors, too.
“I’m going to go home and drink a coors light, that’s Coors Light, because Bud Light won’t pay me nothing. I want to say hi to my friends and family, and hell, I might even get on top of my wife tonight. See ya!”
Upon returning to the locker room, Lesnar was reprimanded by UFC President Dana White.
During the post-fight press conference, Lesnar apologized to UFC and Bud Light, and offered an explanation for his actions:
“You guys ask me all the time, ‘Is there anything I can drag over from WWE’, and I guess you’ve seen a little but tonight. I’m used to selling pay-per-view tickets. I come from a business that is purely entertainment and my coach is the guy that’s the best in the business [referring to McMahon].”
I can understand that White is working hard to get mainstream sponsors like Bud Light or Burger King. I do think however that these sponsors may want to realize that if UFC is to overtake WWE, they might want to pull a few of their own tricks.
WWE fans getting bored with the current PG-programming might be interested to tune in to UFC fights and see the the former “Next Big Thing” cutting legitimate heel promos as the current “big thing.”
It is a classic format that has been used in wrestling throughout the ages and might draw new viewers for UFC.
I’m not a UFC fan at all, and I won’t claim to really know anything about it. However, as a wrestling fan, I can offer the perspective of someone who was finally intrigued by UFC due to a former wrestler having a career in UFC. This is definitely a way to gain viewers while the McMahon giant is sleeping.
In a wrestling fan’s perfect world, Lesnar would start coming to the Octagon to his WWE entrance music, not Enter Sandman. I guess we can dream. Hopefully Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley is a more realistic dream.