Brock Lesnar and John Cena on the former UFC champion's return to the WWE. -- Photo via wwe.com
Many of his detractors have been trying to discredit his accomplishments on his short, but successful MMA career, but Dana White isn't one of those people. On the , the UFC president talked about his former champion (transcribed by press conferenceMMA Weekly):
"The guy came over here at thirty-whatever-years-old. When he came over here the guy was 1-0 in MMA and I was like, you’re crazy. You’re gonna get smashed over here, and he didn’t. We threw all the toughest guys at him, and he accomplished what he accomplished."
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"When he did the deal with the WWE, all the rumblings started with you guys. He never called me. He never told me. He didn’t have to. It was always up front and said in his deal, he could do the WWE,"
"One of the things I love about Brock is, everything we did with that guy, nothing ever leaked out of that camp."
"I’m happy for him. To do what he did in the WWE, came here and did what he did, now he’s back over there. Good for him; good for them."
He came into the UFC with just 1 MMA fight under his belt, and say what you want about the guy, but he faced stiff competition, won the belt in just three UFC fights, and defended it twice. He may not be the most well rounded or technical guy, but that accomplishment is unheard of.
He has always hated the traveling and the grind involved with pro-wrestling, but now that he retired from MMA, he still got a great deal where he's getting paid a very large salary for just limited appearances. He got the positives from his old WWE tenure, but none of the negatives.
I'm with Dana here, I can't help but be happy for the guy. Good for him.