Brock Lesnar's recent burst of self-promotion is getting lots of response.
Fox Sports reporter Alex Marvez gets Dana and Randy's responses:
In an interview with the Web site MMAweekly.com, Brock Lesnar said he would be attending Saturday's event as a fan and insinuated he wanted to sign with UFC for a crack at Couture.
Couture and UFC President Dana White both seem interested in Lesnar, an NCAA champion wrestler who turned to MMA fighting after a successful stint in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Judging by the response of Royal Burnell III at Kakutogi-Gumi, Brock's angle is working:
Either way, I hope something bad happens to Brock. He's a blowhard musclehead who thinks he's important.
Update [2007-8-24 16:31:37 by Kid Nate]: The often astute Sam Caplan has a good observation on it too.
Have people forgotten that Lesnar used to be involved with pro wrestling and has mastered the art of self-promotion? Have people forgotten that he’s a free agent right now in search of a big money deal?
Lesnar clearly wants to get his name in play so that he can start a bidding war for his services. He wants to be seen and heard. Going to UFC 74 is a great move because all the media types like me will be watching his every move like a stalker and reporting on it.
Calling out Couture is an ever better move. Brock can be a humble guy. Don’t believe me? Check out his comments in the last edition of FIGHT! where he does a brief interview. Calling out Couture is nothing personal, it’s just business.
What do you think grabs more headlines? If Lesnar says he wants to sign a six fight deal, go through a slow progression on his way towards a heavyweight title shot, and that he’d like to debut against Cheick Kongo? Or, if he calls out the champion and says he wants to fight him right away?