Brock Lesnar, who despite losing less than two minutes in the first round last night at UFC 81, has gained some acceptance from MMA fans. Lesnar was very impressive in his fight with Frank Mir last night as he dominated all but the closing seconds of the fight.
In an interview with Dave Meltzer of Yahoo! Sports, Lesnar noted that he was disappointed with the loss, but he was going to continue on with the UFC.
“There’s no shame in losing,” he said. “I lost my first amateur wrestling match as a kid. My coach told me when I was wanting to quit, that you first have to lose before you learn how not to lose. I don’t like to lose so I have to learn not to lose in this sport.”
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but it was a great experience,” he said. “I must have worked on defending that leglock 1,000 times maybe. I thought I was going to get out.”
“I’m here for as long as I can fight here,” Lesnar continued. “I love what I’m doing. The company has been great.”
The article also noted that UFC officials were thrilled by the fight and Lesnar’s potential in the sport.
Lesnar earned $250,000 as his base pay. Mir got $140,000, a combination of both his contracted pay and a $60,000 bonus for the night’s best submission.
For the full article at Yahoo! Sports, click here.