Brock Lesnar might be the biggest star on the WWE roster, but he really doesn’t care how the promotion or fans of professional wrestling feel about his upcoming fight at UFC 200.
Lesnar had to receive permission from the WWE to fight July 9 due to his exclusive contract with the professional wrestling promotion, but outside of that, he’s not focused on anything regarding his day job ahead of his return to the Octagon.
Lesnar is scheduled to return to WWE a month after UFC 200 to perform at SummerSlam, but he’s not worried about that appearance right now. In fact, Lesnar gave a rather blunt answer when asked if he believes his WWE popularity might take a hit if things don’t go his way against Mark Hunt.
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"I really don’t give a s–t," Lesnar said during a media conference call Thursday.
Expanding on that answer, Lesnar spoke about the recognition he gets as a wrestler versus being a fighter and how he would prefer to be remembered when his career is over.
Lesnar says it doesn’t matter to him how fans perceive him as a performer or a mixed martial artist, the same way he doesn’t care what anybody thinks about his fight at UFC 200.
"Honestly, I really don’t care. This isn’t about my fans. This is about me living my life, being the person I want to be," Lesnar said. "Granted, without the fans and everything, none of us would be able to do this, I get that."
Lesnar said the same thing when reacting to recent comments from WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon, who said that the organization wasn’t "necessarily" supporting his fight at UFC 200 from a promotional standpoint.
But I don’t sit up at night wondering ‘is my drawing power going to be hurt or are WWE fans going to tune into watch me do this?’. I don’t give two s–ts about that. This is about me. I want to get in there and be an athlete again. That’s what it’s about.
— Brock Lesnar
"I don’t know. I don’t care what she says," Lesnar said about McMahon.
All Lesnar cares about right now is fighting at UFC 200, beating Mark Hunt and then he’ll deal with everything else afterwards.
That includes a decision on whether or not he’ll fight again.
"I don’t know," Lesnar said about fighting after UFC 200. "I feel really good. Training camp is going great. I’m happy. I’m happy with my life. I’m happy with everything. Yes, since I left the Octagon after I got beat by (Alistair) Overeem and kind of forced out of the cage because of my illness, it haunted me for a long time.
"Here I am and before it’s too late, I want to get back in the cage and have some fun with it. This is all about having fun. I’m not looking past this fight. I’m just taking one day at a time. One training session at a time. Looking forward to July 9. I’m grateful that Mark Hunt took the fight, it was short notice for me and him so we’ll see what happens on the 9th."