Brock Lesnar took some time away from training to attend Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas this past weekend. During the event, Lesnar talked about his opponent at UFC 106, Shane Carwin, with The Las Vegas Sun.
“He’s a tough guy and a wrestler,” Lesnar noted of Carwin. “But he’s a Division II national champion — enough said.”
Carwin was an outspoken critic of Lesnar following Lesnar’s post-fight antics at UFC 100, where Lesnar got in the face of a bludgeoned Frank Mir and flipped off the crowd.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just lame,” Carwin wrote shortly after UFC 100. “He may be a champion, but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a champion. The fans are why we do this, Brock. This sport is not about fat paychecks and drama. It is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did [that] night. It doesn’t matter how much money you make if you can’t earn your peers’ respect and the respect and love of the greatest sporting fans in the world.”
Lesnar disagrees with Carwin, and said that he felt that his antics were entertaining.
“People spend money and want to be entertained,” he stated. “If you don’t feel from UFC 100 that you got your money’s worth, you’re probably not gonna tune into something (with me). It’s good entertainment.”
“The old saying … bad press, good press — it’s all the same,” he continued. “Visibility is the key. Making attention, good or bad or whatever people’s opinion is on it.”
Carwin has been undefeated in his MMA career, having stopped all of his opponents in the first round.
“Brock Lesnar has been tearing through everyone over the last year,” UFC President Dana White recently stated. “But in Shane Carwin, he’s not only fighting someone as big as he is, he’s fighting someone who has ended all of his fights in less than three minutes. This is literally the biggest heavyweight title fight ever and may also be the most explosive.”
Lesnar, however, isn’t as impressed with Carwin’s record as White is.
“He’s a tough guy,” he admitted. “He’s undefeated, but some of the guys he’s beaten aren’t worthy of having on your record. He hasn’t fought anybody. He’s fought (Gabriel) Gonzaga, so I really think he’s 1-0.
“I don’t know what he is, 11-0, 10-0, but he’ll have a loss against Brock Lesnar,” Lesnar concluded.
UFC 106 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, NV on November 21st and also features Tito Ortiz’s return to the UFC against UFC Hall Of Famer Mark Coleman.