UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is only a little more than a week away from the biggest fight of his life. The imposing South Dakota native will be coming back from a year long, forced layoff due to a career-threatening bout with the intestinal disease diverticulitis and will be taking on possibly his toughest opponent to date, Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin. During a conference call held today in promotion of that fight, however, Lesnar was asked his opinion on a few things far removed from his impending scrap with Carwin.
Being the UFC Heavyweight Champion makes Lesnar a de facto top five world heavyweight even though he only has five professional MMA fights under his belt (crushing the likes of Frank Mir and Randy Couture certainly doesn’t hurt the legitimacy of his position there, either). The man that many believe holds the top spot in the heavyweight rankings is none other than elusive Russian great Fedor Emelianenko. However, “The Last Emperor” has been met with some criticism lately for not taking on the highest-caliber opponents and many of those critics no longer see Emelianenko as being the best heavyweight; one of those critics is Brock Lesnar. When asked his opinion on Fedor’s possible retirement (as has been rumored lately), Lesnar offered his reply with a laugh.
“Good for Fedor. I hope he does retire. He’s the greatest champion of all-time,” he said. “He’s the greatest champion ever, of all-time, in his own little world. Good for him.”
When asked if he thought he could topple Emelianenko, Lesnar unsurprisingly replied, “Absolutely. I can beat anybody.”
Another topic Lesnar was asked to touch on was that of the rumor that his former WWE castmate Dave Batista is interested in competing in MMA and may be in talks with Strikeforce (a rumor started by Batista and denied by Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz). Lesnar scoffed at Batista’s desire to fight in a mixed martial arts competition and suggested that the topic be changed to something more legitimate.
“Get in line, everybody and their dog wants to get into fighting,” he said. “Next question. We’re talking about a heavyweight championship fight, not some wannabe.”
Lesnar will be taking on Carwin next Saturday in the main event of UFC 116 which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.