Brock Lesnar Talks Royce Gracie, Heath Herring, and the Fans

via nbcsportsmedia.msnbc.com

I missed this ESPN Video Games interview with Brock Lesnar yesterday, mostly because I don't care about video games, but it's possibly the best interview I've seen with the UFC heavyweight champ. Here's Brock on the fans:

Jon Robinson: How was the fan support while you were sick?

Brock Lesnar: I've put myself in this category as this confrontational person who creates controversy, but for people to grasp what was happening and to be like, "Holy s---, I might never be able to see this guy fight again!" That saddened them more than anything probably. I'm sure some of them said, "I hope that son of a b---- dies." I don't know. I'm sure there are people out there like that, but that's just the way it is.

Here's Brock being surprisingly complimentary of Heath Herring, in his own braggadocio soaked idiom:

Jon Robinson: You had a human video game moment when you punched Heath Herring and sent him tumbling. What goes through your mind when you strike somebody that hard and watch as they roll?

Brock Lesnar: Finish the job. And you know what, that was one tough son of a b---- because he took another 14 minutes of ass whuppin' before I put him into retirement. He hasn't fought since I broke his f---ing head. I was surprised when the fight wasn't over after that first punch, but that is one tough dude.

I was also pleasantly surprised when Brock listed the MMA fighters who originally caught his imagination:

Jon Robinson: As an MMA fan, who were some of your favorite fighters to watch?

Brock Lesnar: Back in the day, I was a Royce Gracie fan and a fan of Tank Abbott. It's always the different-looking guys that you want to root for. Then there were guys like Mark Coleman and Randy Couture, so for me to get in there and fight against guys like that is pretty cool.

The Tank Abbott thing doesn't surprise me, but I never really expected Lesnar to be a fan of the man who introduced jiu jitsu and fighting off your back to the American mainstream. 

And finally this bit about where Lesnar sees his MMA game right now:

Jon Robinson: What do you see as your biggest weakness right now?

Brock Lesnar: My hands. I'm constantly working on my hands, I'm constantly working on my ground game, and constantly trying not to get satisfied with where I'm at with my career and where I'm at as an athlete. I'm somewhat happy, but never satisfied.

Hats off to Jon Robinson for delivering one of the best interviews I've seen with a notoriously difficult subject. There's a lot more good (non-video game) stuff in the interview, check it out.

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