The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are two of the most popular combat sports organizations globally. They recently announced their merger into a new company called TKO, making it the largest sports entertainment company in the world.
Before this merger, many superstars in both industries engaged in trash talk. One notable incident involved Conor McGregor and Brock Lesnar, who are possibly some of the most notable UFC fighters in history.
Brock Lesnar voiced his opinion on McGregor
In 2016, seven years before the UFC and WWE merged, Brock Lesnar made his opinion on Conor McGregor very clear. Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter and was asked about McGregor, who was then the UFC featherweight champion. Lesnar said that he didn’t respect McGregor and that he was “all talk.” He also said that McGregor was “not a real fighter” and that he would “kick his ass” if he ever got the chance.
Lesnar’s comments came after McGregor had made some disparaging remarks about WWE and its wrestlers. McGregor had said that WWE was “fake” and that its wrestlers were “not real athletes.” He also said that he would “love” to fight a WWE wrestler in a real fight. Lesnar’s comments were not the first time he had criticized McGregor. In 2015, Lesnar had said that McGregor was “a little punk” and that he was “all hype.”
He also stated that McGregor was “not a real champion” and that he had only beaten “a bunch of nobodies.” Lesnar’s comments about McGregor were widely criticized by UFC fans and media members. Many people felt that Lesnar was being disrespectful and that his comments were unnecessary. However, some people also agreed with Lesnar’s assessment of McGregor.
Lesnar’s UFC record before WWE return
Brock Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is widely considered one of the most dominant mixed martial artists of all time. Making his professional MMA debut in 2007, he quickly ascended to the top of the UFC heavyweight division. Lesnar secured his first four UFC victories in devastating fashion, including triumphs over former UFC champions Frank Mir and Randy Couture.
He claimed the UFC Heavyweight Championship in just his third fight with the organization, defeating Mir in a rematch at UFC 87 in August 2008. However, Lesnar’s reign as champion was short-lived as he was forced to vacate the title due to diverticulitis, a serious intestinal condition. He returned to the UFC in 2010 and defeated Shane Carwin to regain the heavyweight title.
In 2016, Lesnar made a surprise return to the UFC, defeating Mark Hunt in a second-round knockout at UFC 200. However, his victory was overturned to a no-contest after he tested positive for a banned substance. Lesnar retired from MMA for the second and final time in 2017.
Brock Lesnar is a true legend of the UFC. He was a dominant force in the heavyweight division, and his fights were always must-watch events. He is sure to be remembered as one of the greatest heavyweight champions in the history of the sport.