Brock Lesnar responds to critics: "No chin" comments are bulls–t

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has angrily hit back at critics, claiming that a somewhat common opinion of him having “a weak chin” is nothing but bull—t. Lesnar was criticized by MMA fans around the world for not being able to take a punch, after both Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez “exposed” what is now considered as the main weakness of the former WWE star.

In an interview with SI.com’s Ben Fowlkes, Brock Lesnar says his record inside the Octagon proves otherwise:

“I think it’s a bunch of bulls**t. The fights that I’ve gotten hit, I’ve stood and banged with Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir, I’ve taken a lot of shots. I mean, Shane Carwin… And I’ve yet to be knocked out. I had refs stop a fight for a submission and a TKO, which is a referee stoppage. I’ve never been knocked out cold.

I wouldn’t be in this position, doing what I’m doing, if I was that horrendous of a fighter. I’ve got faith, I’ve got confidence in my skills, and I’ve got confidence that I can beat this guy [Alistair Overeem].”

The fight with Alistair Overeem is a perfect opportunity for Lesnar to prove critics wrong. Overeem is one of the most decorated strikers currently competing in MMA, winning the last year’s K-1 2010 WGP after facing Tyrone Spong, Ghokan Saki and Peter Aerts in one night.

If victorious against Overeem, Lesnar could re-claim his status as one of the Top 3 Heavyweights on the planet, with sights on challenging Junior dos Santos in a fight that was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 131, a little bit more than six months ago.

Further Reading: Submit your picks for UFC 141!


57 Comments

  1. Profile photo of MAMBA24ILL

    MAMBA24ILL

    December 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I wouldn’t say he doesn’t have a chin. But I will say he hates to get hit.

  2. Profile photo of David Saucier

    David Saucier

    December 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    to bad Lesnar didnt get into this sport when he was younger, and had about 20 fights by now, he would be so much more well rounded. I will give him credit he has done insanely good with the few fights that he has.

  3. Profile photo of ViciousNature1

    ViciousNature1

    December 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Lol @ Brock you beat a nobody Heath Herring, and beat a old man not even near your size , if u call that accomplishment ur a fool..

  4. Profile photo of Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee

    December 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    MAMBA24ILL had it correct above. No chin means easy KO. Turtle’ing means afriad of being hit in the face. Turning around and outright running away mean he needs to watch Griffin vs Bonner or some Guida fights or Garcia vs the K. Zombie or Frankie Edgar. You can go on and on with examples of guys who take a hit and stand and fight.

  5. Profile photo of garybkc

    garybkc

    December 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    like mamba said.. instead countering a punch he goes fetal.. he turns away after being hit. striking 101. i dont think the undisputed video is to far off. brock out cold

  6. Profile photo of UnderdogGreatness

    UnderdogGreatness

    December 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    As much as I would love to see Overeem win, but something tells me that Brock may just pull it off.

  7. Profile photo of garybkc

    garybkc

    December 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    to be honest, even tho Herring was .500 fighter. thats the fight brock impressed me the most. Still Im putting my $ Overeem, literaly. But there is that feeling its not a sure thing and not because of brocks take downs but the memory of the Herring fight. jus say’n

  8. Profile photo of BigDschlong

    BigDschlong

    December 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Can’t really say he hasn’t got a chin because he got knocked down by two of the hardest hitters in the division. I think a lot of people hate Lesnar for no real reason, no one questioned Mir’s chin after Carwin knocked him out or Nogueira’s after Cain smashed him.

  9. Profile photo of FoetusFarm

    FoetusFarm

    December 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    @vicous nature, im not a lesnar fan but for someone to have this much pressure on them from their 1st fight and to beat herring couture mir and carwin in a streak and gain the belt is definately an accomplishment you R-TARD

  10. Profile photo of Kable

    Kable

    December 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    i have to agree with MAMBA at the top. brock has a good chin, he got bombarded by carwin and recovered and submitted him, and got hit by cain with wat knocked out all the others. if he learns how to take a hit, builds a solid striking defence, and a more versatile offense, he would a serious threat to anyone in the HW division

  11. Profile photo of Conan

    Conan

    December 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    He has chin, he does not like to be hit and that’s the major factor. This fear does not go away that easy and when Overeem starts hitting him, his fear comes back. Just like it was with Cain. I guess, Carwin broke his spirit because before that he had not been hit so hard.

  12. Profile photo of saulgood

    saulgood

    December 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Would love to see Overeem win, but my gut is saying Lesnar has this via complete ground domination. His double leg shoot makes Chaels look like a snuggle.

  13. Profile photo of TheRealDeal

    TheRealDeal

    December 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Brock, no really, you have no chin.

  14. Profile photo of GtRacerH

    GtRacerH

    December 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Lol, he looks like a campbells soup can from the neck up.

  15. Profile photo of phatsteve

    phatsteve

    December 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Physically Brock will be very hard to KO. The muscle mass holding his spinal cord in place is rock stolid (like Hendo). Notice there posture, there head never actually turns side to side.. But its Brock’s mental chin that needs improvement..

  16. Profile photo of phatsteve

    phatsteve

    December 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Maybe if you slam your foot on the ground as u punch him, he will be more comfortable.

  17. Profile photo of Rory Kernaghan

    Rory Kernaghan

    December 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I wouldn’t say his chin is his problem at UFC 141, The Reem is a bigger problem. Lesnar needs to takedown and control if he wants a chance at winning.

  18. Profile photo of johndo11

    johndo11

    December 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    If you call beating 3 time UFC heavyweight champ, and 2 time light heavyweight champ Randy Couture a non-acomplishment then you’re a fool. A guy who is renowned for tailoring gameplans for opponents no matter what size.

  19. Profile photo of johndo11

    johndo11

    December 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I can’t see why everyone hates on Brock. He has raised the profile of the sport massively. He beat Herring and Couture on his way to the belt and then defended that belt against Mir and Carwin. Thats pretty legit. He got blasted by Cain. Big deal. Cain is one of the very best in the world. The fact that he is even coming back after such a whooping AND major surgery when he doesn’t even have to shows he’s a gamer and that earns my respect.
    Win or lose against the Reem he has already shown a fighters spirit, and if he does lose big deal. The Reem is a monster!

  20. Profile photo of mons

    mons

    December 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    who likes to get hit???

  21. Profile photo of mons

    mons

    December 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I agree. Brock was thrown into top competition right away and was never “molded” by the UFC unlike most of the other champs they have now . . . Jon Jones. He had several easy fights before they even threw him into top competition unlike Lesnar. So, just for that alone, he needs to be respected.

  22. Profile photo of spiderp4p

    spiderp4p

    December 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    nate diaz

  23. Profile photo of MD777

    MD777

    December 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Exactly especially in the face ,anyway hopefully he is pulls off this fight .IMO

  24. Profile photo of MD777

    MD777

    December 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Overeem against Werdum not impressed me at all and if Brock healthy he’ll pulls off this fight to rebounces from loss.imo

  25. Profile photo of MD777

    MD777

    December 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I personal think Overeem against Werdum not impressed me at all and Mir fought Brock twice and he news it , if Brock has a good gameplan he’ll pulls off this fight

  26. Profile photo of Mike Perryman

    Mike Perryman

    December 24, 2011 at 12:27 am

    But these guys like to get hit; heck these guys you listed feed off of getting hit! Except for maybe Frankie, he can take a good shot, but he can’t like it.
    Brock doesn’t like getting hit, and I don’t think that this is something that one can teach in a gym. Getting hit either feeds a fighters game or it destroys it. But that’s just my opinion.

  27. Profile photo of BigAlRIz

    BigAlRIz

    December 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Brock reminds me of Johnny Bravo.

  28. Profile photo of Mike Perryman

    Mike Perryman

    December 24, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Brock is a super-athlete; that is why he was able to compete at the highest level when he entered the UFC. He’s been fed nothing but tough guys from the start, and is always expected to lose. Now he faces another beast in Overeem. Nothing seems to change for Brock. He has always fought the best and doesn’t seem to turn down tough fights.
    He’s bitten off more than he can chew on more than one occasion and come out on top. And if he can take and keep The Reem down before taking too many shots while standing; he will almost surely POUND his way to victory!

  29. Profile photo of ViciousNature1

    ViciousNature1

    December 24, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Yea i do when he is 14 years younger and drops weight to 265.Yes randy was the man bk in the day, but he isnt anymore and most likely will never step foot in the octagon again.

  30. Profile photo of KeithFarrell

    KeithFarrell

    December 24, 2011 at 1:04 am

    oh my god coudln’t stop laughin at “nate diaz”.. mostly because its true haha

  31. Profile photo of Lonnie Batt

    Lonnie Batt

    December 24, 2011 at 1:14 am

    yep you are right he doesnt like it at all and thats what everyone should be saying

  32. Profile photo of Lonnie Batt

    Lonnie Batt

    December 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

    of course nobody does what make a difference is maintaining your composure and not freaking out and thats what brock does he freaks out when he gets hit

  33. Profile photo of GoldenBibi

    GoldenBibi

    December 24, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Brock has a strong chin… But reality is, Brock’s afraid of getting hit on the face….

  34. Profile photo of Rindy

    Rindy

    December 24, 2011 at 2:07 am

    i dont like him but ill defend him he has a great chin does anyone like geting hit no but there bangers that are willing to trade punches thats not him

  35. Profile photo of ak4742011542

    ak4742011542

    December 24, 2011 at 2:12 am

    lesnar revolutionized the hw divison and every title fight proves to raise the competiton level…..randy then brock then cain now jds if allistair wins that divisiion is growing at a crazy pace…

  36. Profile photo of Complexx

    Complexx

    December 24, 2011 at 2:13 am

    The Korean Zombie. He just doesn’t give a sh*t. lol

  37. Profile photo of Allen DuPree

    Allen DuPree

    December 24, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Brock CLEARLY does not like to get hit solid by a good striker, Carwin proved that and Velasquez stated before the fight that he recognized that and would fight Brock standing up.Brock is fully capable of beating most anyone BUT he has to fight HIS style NOT try to prove he can box. It is MMA Brock is a great grappler , that is where he should keep the fight.Use MMA skills mix it up don’t try to stand and swap punches.

  38. Profile photo of YoMama

    YoMama

    December 24, 2011 at 2:22 am

    If he gets hit straight on the chin and that nerve is smashed… It is lights out as it is with anyone else… Beyond that he is right he has never been KO’d… until the fight with the Reem! I would love to see him get KO’d hardcore because he is a D-Bag! I dislike him almost as much as Nick Diaz! Gonna be a good fight though!

  39. Profile photo of biggidybigz

    biggidybigz

    December 24, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Wanderlei Silva? Chris Leben?

  40. Profile photo of Nemesis

    Nemesis

    December 24, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Wow haters go on vacation?Noone got something dumb to say about brock? Keep up the good work.

    People were saying brock had a crazy chin after carwin…then next fight he has a babies chin? Just needs some guys to hit him in the face during practice until he no longer cares.

    Really he has the most potential for invincibility in the UFC,besides jones if jones stays at that division.

  41. Profile photo of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    December 24, 2011 at 4:21 am

    @Mike Perryman; What you wrote is absolute BS. You give me the biggest wimp on earth and one year to train him in drills, grappling and SPARRING and when I am done you will see a guy that can get hit in the face and keep fighting.

  42. Profile photo of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    December 24, 2011 at 4:22 am

    A; Werdum can take a punch.

    B; Overeem had a broken hoof.

  43. Profile photo of Mike Perryman

    Mike Perryman

    December 24, 2011 at 4:38 am

    You can teach him to get hit and keep fighting yes; but can you teach him to like it? I have no doubt that people can be trained to deal with adversity better, and be taught to weather a storm of punches without wilting.
    But when Brock gets hit hard, it just seems to kind of throw his gameplan out the window. He is a superb athlete, don’t get me wrong, and when he dominates a fighter– He DOMINATES a fighter; however, getting hit does not feed his game the way it does some other fighters.
    Frankie is a perfect example of someone who most likely doesn’t enjoy getting hit; but he is such a good fighter that he can weather a hell of a storm of power shots and still implement his gameplan with ease it seems.
    Didn’t mean to offend you bud, but like I said; it’s just my opinion.

  44. Profile photo of MereDictum

    MereDictum

    December 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Bas has the solution.

  45. Profile photo of fingerssfv

    fingerssfv

    December 24, 2011 at 5:22 am

    He is telling the truth. At issue is he is afraid of losing by knock out. Who wants to lose that way? He would rather turtle up, then take that chance, though, and once he overcomes this fear of getting his clock cleaned, he will be (or should be) the Brock Lesnar we all had hoped to see.

  46. Profile photo of enjoylife321

    enjoylife321

    December 24, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Brock Lesnar is an animal……Shane Carwin was hitting brock with the kitchen sink and he came back to win. He is the only WWE guy to have big enough balls to come to UFC and fight for real…

    If Brock doesn;t have a chin , what the **** can you say about cain valesquez who just got beaten

  47. Profile photo of asdf

    asdf

    December 24, 2011 at 5:28 am

    He should really go to Holland or Thailand. Somebody has to be there and just punch him in the face (lightly) until he stops cowering. I don’t’ blame him, he just isn’t experienced in the striking area, really he trained like 4 years?

  48. Profile photo of azzkika

    azzkika

    December 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I’m far from Brock’s biggest fan, but I agree wholeheartedly the man has balls.

  49. Profile photo of Courtes

    Courtes

    December 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    probably charles bennet

  50. Profile photo of ljense8

    ljense8

    December 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Nick Diaz has you fooled. He makes serious bank. Not Brock Lesnar money, but he is far from the poor man he tries to show everybody.

  51. Profile photo of lionkill

    lionkill

    December 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    randy was coming off over a year layoff from fighting.

    ring rust is real, its not that impressive for lesnar to have beaten randy.

    lesnar sound embarassed about the carwin/cain fights, tho i don’t know if people can hate to much anymore since Jone Jones seems to use the same “stick your arm out in their face, and back away” strategy that lesnar employeed against carwin in the machida fight.

  52. Profile photo of Mike Perryman

    Mike Perryman

    December 25, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Could you imagine the fight poster for that one? They do spar pretty hard though. I remember the last time I sparred with my little brother…… I stopped about a minute inwith a “Why you going so hard man?” He laughed and we put our mouthpieces back in after laughing a little bit. And then before you know it , there we are in a full fledge fight! But it always ended up that way with us! When your brother is about 11 months and three weeks younger than you(almost to the day,) things get pretty competetive, and stays that way. Trust me. We were always fighting each other but we always had each others backs when there was trouble.

  53. Profile photo of JTalbain

    JTalbain

    December 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    @mons Stephan Bonnar, Chris Leben, Leonard Garcia…

  54. Profile photo of JTalbain

    JTalbain

    December 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Actually, plenty of people have said exactly that. Many people on this site feel Mir has an “off switch on his chin” and that Big Nog has “been in too many wars” to have a chin anymore.

    I actually think that, as much as I like Mir, he may have the same problem that Brock does of not liking getting hit. He doesn’t get KTFO’ed really, but he gets hit solidly and folds up or tries to crawl away well before the fight is actually stopped.

  55. Profile photo of JTalbain

    JTalbain

    December 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I personally dislike when someone gets a title shot that fast, because I don’t feel they really deserve it. But even if he didn’t there’s no doubt he defended it well in his first two defenses. He was even winning the exchange with Cain until he got tagged solidly. Brock’s only going to get better as he adds skills to his game.

  56. Profile photo of JTalbain

    JTalbain

    December 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    He already has Pat Barry in his camp. Pay hits like a champ, and he’s infinitely more technical than Brock. It’s just a matter of getting Brock used to it.

  57. Profile photo of ALKIMOS

    ALKIMOS

    December 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Brock is a heavy bag made out of flesh and bones. Yes he can take a punch like all decent commercial heavy bags do.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply