After Brock Lesnar lost his UFC heavyweight championship to Cain Velasquez this past October, many speculated that he would be retiring from the sport of MMA. Those rumors were proven unfounded when Lesnar took the job as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Junior dos Santos, whom he will face this summer at UFC 131. Many were surprised that the reclusive former WWE superstar took the gig, however Lesnar recently told MMA Live that the decision was a “no-brainer.”
“No, life is about timing and for me, the timing was right,” said Lesnar. “Obviously the most important thing is by coaching and doing the show [is] that I get to fight Junior dos Santos, which puts me one step closer to getting my championship back… so it was a no-brainer for me.”
Lesnar admitted that he didn’t watch his fight with Velasquez “for a long time,” but finally viewed the bout in order to learn from his mistakes.
“Suffering a loss isn’t something I like to do, so far a long time I didn’t watch it,” he stated. “But you have to go back… a professional athlete has to go back and analyze himself and, first and foremost, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the gym and fix the things that we need to fix.”
Lesnar is still relatively young in the sport, having only made his UFC debut in 2008. In just his fourth professional MMA fight he defeated Randy Couture at UFC 91 to win the heavyweight title. He admits that facing the type of top-level competition that he has may have prevented him from honing his skills as much as he would have liked.
“I’m evolving as a fighter in each and every one of my fights. I’ve got a short window here where I’ve been put against the toughest guys in the world to hone in on my skills, where these other gentlemen have had a little more time to hone their skills on far lesser opponents than I’ve had.
“So it’s one step at a time, getting comfortable and getting my confidence back… We’ll be back.”
UFC 131: Lesnar vs. dos Santos takes place on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.