Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been back in his old WWE stomping grounds lately, enjoying another successful run in pro wrestling.
But although these days he’s taking “tombstone piledrivers” instead of straight punches and round kicks, he’s still got a newsworthy opinion on the fight game — as yesterday’s appearance on ESPN Sportscenter proved.
Lesnar, who fought eight MMA bouts between 2008 and 2011, was interviewed on a variety of topics; but is making headlines for his comments about UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
According to Lesnar, Rousey accomplishments are impressive — but with a caveat.
“I think she’s a super athlete in a weak division. I really do,” Lesnar said. “She is a man amongst women in the women’s division. I take my hat off to her.”
Lesnar expressed amazement at Rousey’s balance of commitments in MMA, including media appearances — along with a growing career as an actor.
“I’m not taking any talent away from her at all,” Lesnar stated about Rousey, “but I think she’s a super beast — a super freak in the women’s division.”
In another ESPN appearance, Lesnar answered Dana White’s comments about his trade as a pro wrestler — being “fake.”
“Of course it’s fake, Dana,” Lesnar said. “Everybody knows that. But you are promoting the same thing we’re promoting. Dana White is promoting fights. We’re promoting fights. We get a little more longevity out of our fighters, because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena; everyone 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.”