It would be disingenuous to say that UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar comes across as an easily approachable person. An imposing physique, intense tattoos and gruff demeanor (perhaps offset by his newfound affability and humility) lend Lesnar a persona that is easily labeled as a heel; the Minnesota native recently told Jim Rome during an appearance on his show that he is simply a private person who is uninterested in getting caught up with the hype and to-do that come with a career as the UFC Heavyweight Champ.
“It’s very basic for me,” Lesnar said of his day-to-day life. “When I go home, I don’t buy into any of the b.s. Like I said, it’s pretty basic: Train, sleep, family, fight. It’s my life. I like it.”
An NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion, Lesnar said that he is driven to fight by an inherent competitive drive; he admitted that he wouldn’t be sure what to do with his restlessness were it not for the existence of an outlet such as the UFC.
“At the end of the day, we all sit up here and we just love this,” Lesnar said. “I don’t have to prod myself to get out of bed in the morning. I try to be the first one to the gym. I’m so thankful and glad there is an Ultimate Fighting Championship, because if there wasn’t, I don’t know what I’d be doing with myself. I just want to be better and I want to be the best I can be. Everybody who fights and gets into the cage, that’s the whole purpose of this: Proving that I’m better than the guy I’ve stepped into the ring with.”
Lesnar told Rome that he is disinterested in exposing himself to the public spotlight because he realizes the fleeting nature of his kind of stardom and because he wants to stay as connected to his roots as possible.
“I just don’t put myself out there to the fans and prostitute my private life to everybody,” he said. “In today’s day and age, with the Internet and cameras and cell phones, I just like being old school and living in the woods and living my life. I came from nothing and at any moment, you can go back to having nothing.”
Lesnar will be forced into the public eye for at least this weekend, when he will put his heavyweight championship on the line against hungry challenger Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC 121 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.