UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has a vested interest in Saturday’s interim heavyweight championship bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. Lesnar in all likelihood will face the winner of the bout for the heavyweight championship this summer. Lesnar appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning and said that he is back on track with his recovery after having to miss training for several months due to diverticulitis.
“I’m 100 percent recovered,” Lesnar said on SportsCenter. “I’ve been able to step back and re-evaluate my life and re-evaluate my training, and I’m on track.”
Carwin recently admitted in an interview with FightLine.com that his bout with Mir wasn’t for the real championship, noting, “Brock has the real UFC belt, the one that matters.” Lesnar concurred with Carwin’s statement.
“Really, that belt is a make-believe belt to satisfy the company and to satisfy the people in the heavyweight division,” said Lesnar. “I’m still the heavyweight champion… I can sit back and watch and let these guys fight over who wants to come after Brock Lesnar, the UFC heavyweight champion.”
Lesnar has admitted to wanting Mir to win the bout on Saturday so that he can get a third fight with Mir. Mir had recently came under fire for stating that he wished he would kill Lesnar in the Octagon, comments he later apologized for. Lesnar admitted that he felt Mir’s comments weren’t personal and were just for entertainment.
“What’s said outside of the Octagon is all purely entertainment,” Lesnar said. “I dislike Frank… there isn’t an opponent in the Octagon that I really truly like. That’s the battle of competition. I’m not a grudge-holder, but the first and foremost thing to me is, When I get in that Octagon I respect no one. And that’s the bottom line for me.”
Lesnar also responded to Mir’s recent comments about Carwin being a “better version of Brock Lesnar.”
“If Shane Carwin is a better version of Brock Lesnar, then the fight’s over in the first 30 seconds — I feel bad for Frank,” Lesnar stated. “Frank has a history of putting his foot in his mouth and let’s just see what happens Saturday night. I’m anxious to fight either one of those opponents. Both of them I’ve got some history with.”
You can watch Lesnar’s appearance on the show below: