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      Default Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      Itís been a long time coming, but on Friday, December 30th, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon to face former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 in Las Vegas.

      And since so much has gone on in the 14 months Lesnar has been away, weíll refresh your memory of one of the sportís most compelling figures with a collection of some of his most memorable quotes.

      Life after College (2007)
      ďI was out in 2000, and nothing was really available yet in mixed martial arts. I literally had four cents in my pocket, I was bumming beers off my buddies and bumming steaks off my girlfriends, so for me, it was try out for the NFL, stick around for another year, or hereís a legitimate contract (with the WWE).Ē

      Salad Days (2007)
      ďI was a kid out of Webster, South Dakota who grew up on a dairy farm and drove a Mazda RX-7 that was a hundred dollar car missing fourth gear and reverse.Ē

      Lesnarís Philosophy of Life (2007)
      ďI went from Wrestlemania right to the NFL and the Vikings training camp and was like Ďwhat the hell am I doing here?í I should have taken a break, but one thing, if anybody really knows me, they know I dive in headfirst and whatever happens happens. Iíll deal with the consequences later. You only live one time, and what I hate are those people that canít make a decision. I just go for it. Of course, as I get older and a little more experienced, some of these headfirst things I think about a little bit, but Iím still kinda the same way.Ē

      Early thoughts of fighting (2007)
      ďI originally wanted to fight when I was in junior college. I took some summer school out in Lassen, California, where I met up with some guys who trained out of the Lions Den. They booked me in a show in Reno, Nevada, and then I had to pull out because once you got paid to participate in something, the NCAA wouldnít accept me, and I wanted to wrestle. But I had actually started rolling and learning jiu-jitsu back in junior college when I was 19-20 years old.Ē

      Entering the world of MMA (2007)
      ďI didnít think anybody would really even be interested in me. But here I am, caught between a rock and a hard place. Everybody on Earth knows who I am because of pro wrestling and because I went through the NFL, so where do I even start? Whoís gonna take me seriously? Do I start in the bingo halls and start all over? I canít do that because Iíve already got a name. Iím more well known than the first guy that ever showed up on ĎThe Ultimate Fighterí. So where do you start? Well, letís just find a promotion thatís willing to promote you, letís go from there, and letís just see what comes out of it.Ē

      Transitioning into the sport (2007)
      ďThere were some transitions to be made. I was out of the wrestling room for almost six years and some of these old aches and pains started coming out, and it took a while, about a couple of months, and at first I wasnít sure if this was going to work. I hadnít been in the wrestling room for almost six years Ė yeah, I pounded the weights and pounded the road and hotels and was in the wrestling ring every night, but its two different things.Ē

      On his debut against Min Soo Kim (2007)
      ďI was just so happy to put my fist in some other guyís face. I felt like I was in heaven. It did go fast, 69 seconds, and it felt like it was five seconds.Ē

      On calling out the UFC (2007)
      ďA lot of people say Ďwell, he was just doing that to get attention.í Well, I got some attention, so I got what I wanted. Now, the bottom line is, I want to fight, and I want some credible people and I want to beat them. What that does for me is, it makes me very credible. Thatís why I did it Ė I want to fight good people. If you want to go with the NFL of the fighting game, itís the UFC. It was an easy choice for me and Iím glad things worked out.Ē

      On fighting anyone and everyone (2007)
      ďIíve looked up and down the entire roster, and Iím willing and ready to take on anybody. In my mind, I feel like Iím ready. People donít really understand that Iíve been an amateur wrestler since I was five years old. Iíve been through all kinds of athletics and stuck with them, Iíve got an amateur wrestling background of 18 years almost, and some of these guys that are getting into fighting donít have these kinds of backgrounds. Obviously I donít think Iím ready for a title shot right away, but I will be there, and Iím not gonna turn down any opponent because Iím here to prove myself. Iím not here to pick and choose my fights. Iíll fight whomever they want. I donít make the fights; thatís not my job. Iíve got one job to do and thatís to fight.Ē

      On the first Mir fight (2008)
      ďIím still disgusted with myself. I got so excited, then for Mazzagatti to stop the fight kinda threw a monkey wrench into my rhythm a little bit, and then you can chalk it up to a little bit of inexperience. I had Frank on the mat and then I stood up, which was pretty foolish of me. I think Frank will be the first one to admit that I had him up against the ropes and I think he was scared s**tless. He was reaching at anything out there and he grabbed it and he got me. But thatís the beauty of mixed martial arts.Ē

      On silencing the critics (2008)
      ďIím not here to shut peopleís mouths. Iím in a spot where there might be the toughest son of a bitch out there, but nobody knows his name and heís climbing the ranks, and here youíve got a guy like myself who is a household name all across the world. From the business side of things, Iíve got to make the right business decisions and at the same time on the fighting side of things, I donít want any tomato cans either.Ē

      On getting respect from his peers (2008)
      ďIím greatly appreciative of it. I think people get their guard up right away when somebody wants to jump into something when theyíre not 100 percent serious about it, and I think people understand that I am. At least the people at my gym and in my training camp do. I think that filters through in the interviews that I do Ė this is my life and itís taken a while for me to figure out what I wanted to do with myself. Everybodyís going to have their opinion, but as long as I keep my nose to the grindstone, everything will work out. But more importantly, everybody wants to see a winner, and I want to win this fight - not to prove anything to anybody else, but to prove to myself that Iím capable of being in the Octagon.Ē

      On the positive changes MMA has brought to his life (2008)
      ďLifestyle wise, this has been great for me to be home every night in my own bed and to be near my family as often as I can. Thatís been huge for me. Everything in life nowadays is so material, so for me to be able to be home and be happy is the number one key for me. All the other stuff is really meaningless. We enjoy doing what we do and most people who have the right job enjoy going to work, but the car Iím driving, the clothes Iím wearing, thatís all materialistic stuff and itís all fake. In the end, weíve got to answer to one person and look ourselves in the mirror every day.Ē

      Lesnarís Philosophy of Life Ė Part II (2008)
      ďYou only live once. In my mind, I think Iím a good enough athlete that I could do just about anything, and I always had a lot of confidence. But young kids today need to remember that, that when you work hard and stay on track, good things usually come. It doesnít happen overnight, but if you keep your nose to the grindstone, hopefully good things happen.Ē

      On getting ready for Randy Couture (2008)
      ďThe biggest transition was to learn to be patient Ė in the gym and in the Octagon, but mostly in the gym. You canít learn this art overnight, and here it is, going on three years for me, and I still donít know everything and thereís a lot more to learn. Iím just trying to come in Saturday night and be as prepared as I can possibly be for Randy, and I think we did that this last eight, nine weeks. As of right now I canít change anything. The hayís in the barn, and Iím just trying to relax and shed a few pounds this week, and come in Saturday night looking for a fight.Ē

      On the Heath Herring fight (2008)
      ďI didnít set any goals to take Heath three rounds. We tried to end it early and we almost did (Laughs), but Heath was a tough SOB, and in a fight, whatever happens happens.Ē

      On finding peace (2008)
      ďIím just relieved Iím doing something that I find myself very happy doing and Iím relieved that I can be home and spend as much time with my daughter and my wife as I can, and do some of the things that I enjoy doing, like hunting and fishing. Thereís more to life than just work, whether itís wrestling or MMA. Iím not a gym rat. I come in here and put time in and when I leave the gym, I go do something else, whether itís spending time with my family, or hunting or fishing or whatever. Iím at peace. Iím happy where my career is right now and where my life is right now.Ē

      Before the Mir rematch (2009)
      ďNobody likes to lose, and Iím a sore loser, especially when I feel I gave the (first) fight to him.Ē

      On the bitter taste of losing (2009)
      ďI just think its pure competition. Throughout my wrestling career in college, I didnít lose too often. But the guys I did lose to, Iíve always been able to come back except for one guy I never had the opportunity to get a rematch with Ė Stephen Neal. But the other guys Iíve had opportunities to come back and beat, so Iíve been in this position and I donít see it going any other way really.Ē

      On maturing as a fighter (2009)
      ďI think Iíve showed some maturity in the Octagon since the first Mir fight. Against Heath and Randy I showed a lot more patience, but it still only takes one punch. I donít know when itís gonna happen Ė weíve got five rounds to solidify this fight and I might have jumped the gun against Frank the first time Ė I know I did Ė but there are times for aggression and times to pull the reins. That comes with experience, and I think Iíve got that now. The first time, Frank was fighting a street brawler / wrestler. The big difference now is that Frankís fighting a fighter. Iíve had almost two years of experience under my belt and got in the Octagon with a legend like Randy Couture and another guy whoís had over 50 fights and has been very successful, so it hasnít been a walk in the park.Ē

      On life in the UFC (2009)
      ďIf I had to put it in a sentence, itís probably been the best year and a half of my life. Not just because of fighting for a great company and that things are going well, but because Iíve had a lot of good things happen to me personally. My wife, my daughter, my son, my family, business has been good, so itís been a good year and a half inside and outside the Octagon, and I pray to God every day that good things continue. Itís pretty simple out here for me and I like it that way.Ē

      On the illness that has kept him from competing since July of 2009 (2010)
      ďEverybodyís got life-changing experiences and this is one of them for me. I believe things happen for a reason, and this gave me a different perspective on life and on my family. Iím a young guy Ė these things arenít supposed to happen. I consider myself a healthy human being. Iím 32 years old, and for something like this to happen, I definitely had to re-evaluate. When you think youíre doing all the right things and all of a sudden something like this happens, obviously youíre not, so I had to make some changes.Ē

      On his return to the Octagon (2010)
      ďLetís make it clear. I still am the UFC heavyweight champion.

      Pre-Carwin (2010)
      ďAt any moment this could be over and I could be Joe Blow serving burgers or doing whatever. Anything can happen at any given moment, and I try to live every day to the fullest, and I really donít take anything for granted anymore. I never really used to, but this whole setback for me last November was a hurdle in my life that I guess God thought I had to overcome to test me and to make sure this is what I really wanted in my life. There are challenges in your life that are put before you for certain reasons, and this was one of those times.Ē

      Not a social media kinda guy (2010)
      ďI donít pay attention to anything, I really donít. I donít buy pay-per-views, I donít go on the internet. I live, eat, and breathe fighting, but itís all about me. I donít care about Whoís Who in Ultimate Fighting, I really donít. Itís very important to not get too involved. Itís like a job. Itís part of your life, but youíve got to realize how to separate the two. When you go to work, you go to work, and when you leave the office, you leave the office. I donít bring the office home with me.Ē

      On his second bout with diverticulitis (2011)
      ďIíll tell you one thing: Iím not retiring. This isnít the end of my fight career. I have a strong faith that thereís a solution to every problem. I just gotta find the right solution to fix this problem. I love this sport and I love what I do. This isnít the end of Brock Lesnar.Ē

      On Brock Lesnar (2011)
      ďI was born this way. It ainít an act, and itís not a line. Thereís nobody out there like me. I was born to do this, and Iíll fight whoever they put in front of me.Ē




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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      i enjoyed reading this thanks

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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      I would hate to have him pissed and wanting to kick my ass!

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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      yeah totally capable of holding someone down and having his way

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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      Yeah, good bit of information. I have much more respect for him now.

      Especially after this quote:
      ďIf I had to put it in a sentence, itís probably been the best year and a half of my life. Not just because of fighting for a great company and that things are going well, but because Iíve had a lot of good things happen to me personally. My wife, my daughter, my son, my family, business has been good, so itís been a good year and a half inside and outside the Octagon, and I pray to God every day that good things continue. Itís pretty simple out here for me and I like it that way.Ē


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      ďAt any moment this could be over and I could be Joe Blow serving burgers or doing whatever. Anything can happen at any given moment, and I try to live every day to the fullest, and I really donít take anything for granted anymore. I never really used to, but this whole setback for me last November was a hurdle in my life that I guess God thought I had to overcome to test me and to make sure this is what I really wanted in my life. There are challenges in your life that are put before you for certain reasons, and this was one of those times.Ē
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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      i have never really liked him but i cant debate the fact that he is one hell of a fighter and after that interview it seems like he is becoming much more humble and appreciates what the sport is giving him

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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      I totally agree man. He might still have a glass chin, but he's getting smarter in his old age. Sooner or later we all get there - well most of us, anyway. (discreetly looks around the room and cracks a grin).

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      Default Re: Brock Lesnar - In His Own Words

      Good read thanks for posting. I do have a higher respect for him after reading that.
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