Brock Lesnar has never been one to hold back his opinions.
When the former UFC heavyweight champion was announced as a coach for the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter, many critics questioned Lesnar’s qualifications to coach other aspiring fighters.
But as Lesnar puts it, as a former UFC heavyweight champion, “what more qualifications do (I) need?”
Lesnar, speaking with Heavy shortly after taping began for the series in Las Vegas, says that he may only have a few years in the sport himself but he has more fights than opposing coach, Junior Dos Santos.
“You guys can sit and discredit…there’s a lot of people out there that do enough to discredit me but I’ve got just as many fights as Junior (Dos Santos). In my mind I’ve been competing my whole life,” Lesnar stated.
Lesnar’s extremely experienced coaching staff may the biggest reason he dismisses his critics.
“I got a great coaching staff, guys that have been coaching top fighters, top wrestlers, Marty Morgan 16 year veteran at the University of Minnesota. National Championship teams…Luke Richardson, Erik Paulson, Greg Nelson…I think we’re well capable of coaching under qualified guys to become the next Ultimate Fighter. I got faith in my people…these guys made me a champion.”
Before the announcement of Lesnar & Dos Santos as TUF coaches, it was widely considered a long shot for the UFC to convince the former heavyweight champion to spend six weeks in Vegas away from his family. Lesnar, however, says that its a moot point.
“My family is here. I don’t go anywhere without my family. And it’s 30 below zero in Alexandria (MN) right now. I had enough of ice fishing and…my wife had enough too.”
When it comes down to it, UFC President Dana White made the opportunity worthwhile.
“Dana (White) did all the right things for us to be here,” Lesnar stated in regards to being convinced to accept the coaching gig.
“Is Las Vegas a place I’d want to be? No, there’s other warmer places I could think of but…its not painful, atleast it hasn’t been yet.”
In fact the coaching gig may have been just what Lesnar needed to get back into the fighting mindset.
“I never thought I’d ever be down here to do this. It’s kinda refreshing…Yesterday was pretty cool being here and getting to pick our teams…The atmosphere is good.”
When it comes down to it, though, the biggest motivating factor for Lesnar was getting the heavyweight title back from current champion Cain Velasquez.
“I’ve got one thing in mind…to help these kids…to improve their lives but more importantly it’s for me to be able to get down here and train. It’s an opportunity for me to get my title back sooner than later. When I beat Dos Santos, then I get a rematch with Velasquez and I get my fucking belt back.”
When asked about his title loss to Velasquez, Lesnar had a fairly simple explanation.
“I got knocked on queer street somewhere in there. I haven’t watched the fight even…we’ll go back when the time is right…and analyze where it went wrong. Cain Velasquez is a professional athlete. I’m a professional athlete. We’re at the pinnacle of the sport. It’s a matter of inches.”
Lesnar is set to face Junior Dos Santos in June at UFC 131 once TUF 13 wraps up on SpikeTV. For Lesnar, his competitive drive has not stopped regardless of his last loss. Future improvement is his philosophy.
“It’s a loss, I hate to lose but I’ll get better at it. I’ll get better.”