You don’t look the way that Brock Lesnar does (especially coming from a stint as a professional wrestler) without drawing speculation of PED usage, which is why the former UFC heavyweight champion feels for his impending opponent, Alistair Overeem, over the hoops he’s been made to jump through for that reason.
Overeem has had to go through much trouble (and submit many urine tests) in order to attain a fighter’s license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his bout with Lesnar, getting met with open skepticism from fans and through official channels alike. Speaking on today’s media conference call in promotion of their fight next week, Lesnar admitted that he can relate with Overeem’s plight.
“I’ve been dealing with the same accusations my whole life,” Lesnar said. “Being part of the spotlight and being I guess with the Internet and everything these days – and being social media and everybody knows everything – it’s part of the lifestyle. It comes with the territory. I’ve been used to it for many years now.”
Lesnar, an intensely private individual, does his best to remain unplugged from and un-distracted by the MMA media in general in order to maintain a prominent role in his family and focus on his impending fights. Today, he explained that this situation has done little to pull his focus away from those goals.
“Obviously, it’s kind of hard to get away, but I’ve pretty much centralized myself with pretty much just my family on my ranch, and so I really don’t know what’s going on in the outside scheme of things,” he said. “Right now, I’m focused on the fight and my family and the holidays and trying to live a somewhat normal life, you know, other than being a UFC fighter. You’ve got to be able to manage everything and stay on top of what’s most important, and that’s the fight and my family and the holiday right now. I haven’t even followed much of what’s going on with Alistair.”
UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem goes down next Friday, December 30, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.