In a statement that shocked a lot of people, Lesnar commented, "I've headlined many pay-per-views. This will be just another one."
It's a smart approach for the man former ECW Owner Paul Heyman coined "The Next Big Thing" in pro wrestling 6 years ago, as Lesnar approaches the fight for the fight, not for the attraction. Brock Lesnar will step into the Octagon this Saturday night against the best counter-strategy expert in Mixed Martial Arts history, the legendary "Natural," Randy Couture. And while the odds have now moved in favor of a Lesnar victory, he refuses to consider Couture anything but serious competition.
About the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, against whom Lesnar is scheduled for a 5-Round Title Fight, the former NCAA Champion noted, "I wouldn't even consider Randy an underdog. Randy ... is a world class athlete, regardless of his age."
Can Lesnar be the first WWE Champion to successfully make the transition to the real world of fights? Lesnar thinks so. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me," he noted.
editor Arturo Collozo Jr. reported that for Couture, a victory over Lesnar means he's one step closer to a fight with Fedor Emelianenko
. A loss would mean the Fedor fight will probably never happen. If Lesnar wins, he faces the winner of the Noguiera vs Mir fight next month (which will determine the Interm Champion, created in Couture's absence) in a Title Unification Match sometime in 2009.