UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces a stiff challenge for his first title defense in Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11th, the man who defeated him in his UFC debut. Lesnar recently spoke to Maxim about a variety of topics, including steroids, the WWE, the UFC and more.
“I like to punish people,” Lesnar said in the interview. “It’s a feeling you can’t get anywhere else, really. If I did it to somebody on the street, I’d get sued or arrested.”
Lesnar talked openly about his WWE career, where he reached great heights despite being with the organization for only two years.
“You get so brainwashed,” Lesnar recalls. “You’re on the road 300 days a year, and that’s why guys get so messed up. This life becomes a part of them. It’s not real, but some guys who are still in the business think it is. You look at Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler—he just couldn’t let it go. You live a double life. I was tired of trying to be who I was in the ring and then coming home for two days to be normal. They didn’t allow you to be. The guys who get out are the smart ones, really and truly.”
Lesnar took a swipe at President Obama when talking about having money for the first time in his life while in the WWE.
“When you get money and you’ve never had it before, maybe you want to show it off,” Lesnar stated. “I acted foolishly.” He noted that he owned four homes, a private plane, two Hummers, and a Mercedes. When asked if he had put money away and if he could retire today, he replied, “That’s private. But if Obama keeps spending our money like this, I’ll have to fight till I’m 50.”
Lesnar also talked about his physique and steroids, noting that he’s taken over 60 steroid tests and that he’s built like a black man (his words).
“I bet you I’ve taken over 60 steroid tests,” he noted. “In college I had 15 random drug tests in two years. I’ve taken drug tests for the NFL, the WWE, the UFC. I must be pretty good at masking steroids. God gave me this body: Are you jealous of it or what? Give me a break. I got the genetics of—not to get into racism or anything—but I’m built like a black man. Would you say so?”
Lesnar also addressed criticism about his quick rise in the UFC.
“There’s not another fighter in the UFC that looks like me, that has the star power that I’ve got,” Lesnar boasted. “I’m known all over the world because I was a pro wrestler. I’ve been to 30 different countries that know my name. I put asses in the seats, and I sell pay-per-views.”