Brock Lesnar talks TUF 13, Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez and much more

Former Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, who will coach opposite Junior dos Santos on the thirteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, talks about his decision to be on the show and looks back on the night that he lost the title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. Lesnar admits that Velasquez was the better fighter when they met last October, but says leaving the UFC was never an option that crossed his mind.  The former WWE star also sheds light on his post-fight confrontation with the Undertaker, which he says was the product of a genuine dislike for one another.

Following the conclusion of TUF 13, which will begin airing this Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV, Lesnar and Dos Santos will go head to head in the main event at UFC 131.  If victorious, Lesnar will emerge as the division’s new number one contender and will be granted a rematch with Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez.

UFC 131 is set to take place June 11th from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and will play host to the Heavyweight showdown between Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos.

Don’t forget to check out Lesnar’s appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” tonight on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET/PT

  • p4pfedor

    If you look at the fight it not really what he did wrong it was about what Cain did right.

  • Joey Santosus

    I agree. He knows what went wrong, but right as he started to explain it, he decided to just say, “Ya know what… He kicked my ***.” That was the simple answer to it. I mean, what he did wrong was simple, he couldn’t take Cain down and keep him there, and as a result, Cain made him pay for it with superior stand-up.

  • Dabs

    He gave an answer to what happened if you read between the lines. Didn’t like the TUF spoiler at the end either Ariel!!

  • Rigo

    It’s really sad to see the UFC again giving Lesnar special treatment
    he got his ass kick in the first round by a fighter 40lbs lighter!

    he should start again in the bottom and climb the ladder like the rest.
    what about fighting Noguiera? or Nelson? Carwin?

    Why does Dos Santos had to get 6 wins to be fighting for the number one contender spot and Lesnar gets the same after getting TKO in the first round?

    and they say Strikeforce makes no sense in their matches!

  • dray12

    I personally think it would have been best for him to get one fight before a top contender fight, especially when you consider he is going up against JDS, an absolute monster. I thought at the time the decision was made it had alot to do with the fact that Strikeforce was gaining steam with their HW GP, but he is a former champ so this isn’t something new in terms of matchmaking. I’m sorta pissed cause I REALLY wanted to see JDS vs Cain, and I think Brock is a bad matchup for JDS.

  • dray12

    REALLY wish he would refer to himself as a Mixed Martial Aritst, instead of an “Ultimate Fighter”

  • Lawn Gnome

    What happened was he forgot he was in MMA, and thought he was back in the WWE ring. Cain was supposed to stomp the ground and stop his punch an inch from Brocks face, but he accidentally hit it. It’s ok, the clown will get retired froM MMA by juniors fists.

  • Bruce Lee

    His answer to “how did he feel about working across from JDS?” all related to him getting confidence (getting over his insecurity about whether he could challenge JDS). I had hoped he would show a human side and say “I got to know Junior and he’s a great guy?” but no. One dimensional personality.

  • taz

    well he beat shane carwin, who was unbeaten and finished all his opponents in less than 5 minutes and now hardly anyone talks about him.


    At least he stopped reffering to himself in the 3rd person :p

  • Ninja

    Dont think its special treatment, Lesnar deserves it for doing wat he did with the limited amount of experience in MMA….anyways if Lesnar wasnt there then JDS would hve no opponent to face seeing that Carwin was injured, Mir just lost 2 title matches in the last 2 yrs or so and he just beat Nelson and not to mention Lesnar just lost his title so he still should be considered top 5 in the world and if JDS cant get through Lesnar do u really think he will be able to beat Cain…btw Im pullin for JDS in the fight, he is my fav HW fighter

  • codemaster

    I agree. When you look at the options that were available to the UFC, they had to give Lesnar the fight.

    In addition, they couldn’t do a TUF wih JDS and Roy Nelson or Frank Mir and expect ratings.

    Finally, JDS needed the money–and public exposure–so this was a way to keep the top contender (JDS) happy with Caine out of the picture.

  • Joey Santosus

    You are correct… Its common place for the last champion to face the number on contender in these situations. Typically its for an interim title, but because they had them do TUF in the meantime, there was no need because doing the show passed much of the time Cain has been out anyhow. The only thing that is different in this situation is the fact that people are complaining about it.

  • GeorgeRuetiger

    Regardless of him being the UFC’s cashcow and treated way better than he ought to be, that is the only time I’ve ever seen him interviewed or heard him talk where I didn’t go out on the other end hating him more than I did going in. Who the **** thought they’d EVER hear the words “He kicked my ass” come out of Brock “BADDEST MAN ALIVE” Lesnar?? Good to see Cain smashed at least a bit of modesty into him.

  • GeorgeRuetiger

    He talked to MMAWeekly and told them that throughout the taping of the show, he saw JDS 30-45 minutes tops. Lesnar’s never been a friendly dude, at least he’s honest about it.

  • drunkslug

    Every time I see Brock doing an interview nowadays, I respect him more and more as a fighter. Win or lose against Dos Santos, As long as he comes to fight, that’s all anyone can ask for. Good luck Brock!

  • pitbull1989

    Hes just a serious dude who takes his job real serious.. he’s not there to make friends just to get better n b champion again..

  • 808scrappah

    When will you people start realizing that high level wrestlers are slowly taking the mantle as the best in mma. If you really believe that JDS is going to just walk over that hulk of a beast, then you are an idiot. Does it make you feel like a hardcore mma fanatic bashing a highly decorated, all-American collegiate wrestler just because he had a short stint in pro wrestling? I, for one, hopes Brock smashes Dos Santos to shut the naysayers up. muahahahaha!!! dueces

  • postmortem

    well one reason maybe that dos santos said he only wanted to fight if he couldnt fight valezquez lesnar or carwin with carwin being out that didnt leave a lot of options

  • Cpt. Paranoid

    He’s only there because he really thinks he’s the baddest man on the planet. I don’t know how he can coach on TUF, he’s a beginner him self. What has he got to offer the fighters?? The only thing that made him champion was his size and athletism. And they both came out of a ampoule. His coaching team probably has something to give to the fighters, but Lesnar him self, nothing except how to inject and what supplements to take. Take away 110lbs and he would loose to Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in MMA, Muay Thai or submission wrestling.

    Lesnar is just a big bully with no technique what so ever, and a glass jaw.

  • postmortem

    i disagree though he probably would of still lost i think if he would of taken a slower more calculated approach he may have done a lot better, going out there like a wild man and spending himself in the first two minutes was a foolish gameplan. it reminded me of his first loss to mir

  • doomsdayapex

    Don’t get me wrong, Lesnar has decent wrestling (I say decent becase he is neither terrible nor spectacular) but I don’t think he’s yet developed proper stand up.

    Lesnar has shown twice that he cannot take a punch like a professional, and a couple months of training doesn’t change that. Dos Santos has sharp powerful boxing like Velasquez and elite takedown defense. Not a good match up for Lesnar.

    If Lesnar can take down Junior, then the odds will greatly increase in his favor but if he can’t… then it’s going to be both a short and long night for him.

  • postmortem

    seeing how bad is a irregular adjective nobody is actually the baddest they are technicaly speaking the worse man on the planet as baddest is not really a word

  • postmortem

    sorry worst not worse my bad

  • 808scrappah

    My comment was towards the fans that think Lesnar is just some guy from fake wrestling with no background in martial arts. I agree JDS has probably the best standup in the UFC heavyweight division but he has never faced a quick and powerful wrestler like Brock. I guarantee you his takedown defense isn’t as a good as Cain Velasquez or Frank Mir. JDS better be working on his back with some strong, heavy wrestlers because, mark my words, Brock is going to take him down. And when that happens, Brock won’t make the same mistake he did with Velasquez.

  • drunkslug

    You bring up valid points which are always open for good discussion but the way you explain yourself makes you look bad. Perhaps you should think about what to say before just blurting it all out. I’m assuming you are from Hawaii just like I am. You always get weak ratings even though you bring up strong points. A nice debate or interesting opinions is the reason why I come to this site. I hope you continue to add your interesting perspective to the table without offending or demeaning anyone. Take care.

  • GeorgeRuetiger

    The first definition of “bad” calls for an irregular comparative and superlative, when “bad” is meant to be the opposite of good. – ie. bad, worse, worst. The second, more colloquial definition of “bad” calls for regular comparative and superlative, when “bad” is meant to be the opposite of “pussy”. – ie. bad, badder, baddest.

    Joke fail.

  • mirel

    a new respect ….

  • postmortem

    baddest is not in any english dictionary except as a side note for incorrect usage and slang

    much the same pimpin is not a word

  • 808scrappah

    The thing is, I really don’t care when I my comments get a “weak” submission. I just say what I think, I really don’t care for the popular opinion (most lowkick users are “mr. me too”s). I look at the fighters weaknesses and strengths, and I try to make an honest, although general, evaluation of what the outcome might be. I don’t go into a discussion, just outright saying ” this guys gonna shit on that guy”, or “this will be the first death in mma”. That shiit makes mma fans look stupid. It’s not how I explain myself that makes me look bad, the only reason my comments look bad is because people hate Brock.

  • GeorgeRuetiger

    “Colloquial” = “Slang”

  • WingChun

    That was a really good interview, man. It was both informative, personal (I actually feel I got to know Brock a little) and very relaxed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen BL so relaxed in an interview.

    When you think of it – when he transitioned over to The UFC and he basically had an easy go of it, except for the Mir loss, until he ran into Shane for 1 round and Cain for less than 1 round. He seems to have realized that there are some big nasty fish out there that can hurt him, just as easily as he has hurt others, in the past. That’s probably a tough lesson for a guy Lesnar’s size to accept.

    As a follow-up to the point – when BL spoke of not being threatened by JDS and being around him was a confidence boost, that to me says a lot about his mind-set and just how much the CV loss rattled him. One would think that simply looking in the mirror would give him all the confidence in the world.

    No matter the outcome of the fight – I know that I like this Brock. He comes / came across as a very humble, affable and humorous fellow; a family man, to boot. Should he climb the HWD mountain and stick his flag in it again, I believe he will be a much better champion than he was before. He has matured; you can tell.

  • Lawn Gnome

    I still can’t get past the antics, Same with Jon Jones in his pre-ufc fights, but hes young maybe he grew up, Brocks still the same big bully he always been, he is just humble in defeat. Once he wins he will be a jerk again.

  • WingChun

    @ LG

    Hmmm…I’m not so sure and I wouldn’t rush to judge him. I can understand where you’re coming from, but I think he has grown and matured and yes, in defeat; and lets not forget the near death. I truly believe that if he became champ again, that he’d be a better champ; second time, round.

    I was not a big fan when he came in (particularly as a Mir & Carwin fan), but I think that Brock, the side-show / WWE act, is gone. Personally, I am more than prepared to cut the man some slack, let him dust himself off and come back. I’m actually to the point where I believe I will pull for Brock in the JDS fight.


    Wing Chun

  • xdecemberguy

    Please don’t interview Brock anymore. I think one interview per year is good enough. This interview was like one of his fights. A snore. The best way to fight brock is to avoid letting him bring you to the ground and get on top of you. Keep him standing and wear him down. Brock will never beat Cain. Also WTF Brock a teacher in MMA with what 6 maybe 7 fight under his belt. Man someone is about to learn how to be a floor mat.