A couple weeks ago, UFC chief Dana White got himself into a Twitter war with several wrestlers such as Seth Rollins and Austin Aries after declaring “wrestling is fake.” During an appearance this morning on ESPN SportsCenter, former UFC star and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar spoke out about his former boss’ comments.
“Well, of course, Dana, it’s fake, everybody knows that, but you’re promoting the same thing we’re promoting. Dana White is promoting fights, we’re promoting fights. It just so happens we get a little more longevity out of our fight and out of our fighters because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena, everybody knows that. If you can’t turn WWE on Monday night and get something out of that show and be entertained, then there’s something wrong with you. Dana is probably, in his defense, is promoting fighting, but it’s the same thing. He’s trying to sell pay-per-views, he’s trying to sell money fights, it’s the same racket.”
When asked to compare White with Vince McMahon, Lesnar added ““(MMA is) non-rehearsed, absolutely, but the business model is the same, it’s identical. I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana and that might rub Dana the wrong way… Vince is the pioneer of it. He’s been doing this his whole life and he’s damn good at it.”
Brock also shared how it felt to end the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak and the heat he’s gotten for it: “I still get booed by that one. They don’t like that one… If there was one guy that could handle that, I think if they would have put that responsibility on any other performer, a full-time guy, me being a part-time participant in this venue, I think it was the right thing to do.
For me, it’s about being in there and performing and as long as there’s people out there and as long as I’m doing my job, that’s why I’m here, I love being in the ring. Everything else? I don’t care too much for (laughs).”
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