UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar surprised many fans and onlookers after his successful but harrowing July title defense to Shane Carwin when he accepted victory with humility and restraint; a far cry from the foaming, crass and insulting path he chose to celebrate his last title defense over Frank Mir.
In fact, Lesnar’s entire demeanor since returning from a career and life-threatening bout with the intestinal disease diverticulitis has been mostly humble, positive and respectful. Chalk it up to the fact that he is a man changed by the experience of facing death and that no one has gotten under his skin quite like Mir did, but the champ has been a much more likable man since returning to the spotlight.
Throughout the lead up to this weekend’s heavyweight title fight between Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, the champ has remained mostly docile besides assuring victory and promising to hold nothing back against his opponent. In a recent UFC 121 promo, however, Lesnar may have reminded fans why he has been so easily cast as a heel in the past.
Much has been made of Velasquez’s Hispanic heritage, with the UFC consistently making mention of his Mexican-American ethnic status in promos and TV spots in an attempt to appeal to the large market of Hispanic fight fans. Lesnar took notice of the promotional angle, and Velasquez’s pride in his heritage, and decided to take a jab in that direction.
“You’re not better than me,” Lesnar warned Velasquez. “When I get done whipping your ass, I’m gonna go drink a Corona and eat a burrito just for your Hispanic heritage, how about that?”
Whether or not Lesnar’s late-stage verbal attack will rile Velasquez up at all should be evident this weekend at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, where the two heavyweight bruisers will throw down in the main event of UFC 121 in dispute of Lesnar’s title.