A lot has changed since Brock Lesnar fought in the UFC nearly half a decade ago.
Mass sponsorship with Reebok, USADA drug testing, the explosion of women’s fighting and, of course, the arrival of Conor McGregor – the first UFC fighter to make it onto Forbes’ list of 100 highest paid athletes.
Irish featherweight champion McGregor has never shied away from announcing his own status within the promotion, but it’s not an act former heavyweight champ Lesnar feels compelled to follow.
Speaking to ESPN, Lesnar said:
If somebody wants to state that they’re the biggest pay-per-view draw in the world, I don’t care.
I’ve never came out and said, ‘Hey listen, I hold the most pay-per-view buys’. Alls I know is what I got paid and I’m happy to do so.
I’m a prizefighter. I don’t hang my championships on the wall because they don’t pay the bills.
But the star, who has been granted permission to fight at UFC 200 by the WWE, did clarify he has nothing against McGregor’s outspoken nature.
I don’t know him, but I know of Conor McGregor and this sport has evolved even from the first time that I entered into the Octagon.
I think that people were finding out that you have to talk the talk and more importantly you have to walk the walk, and so for guys that can talk and walk the walk, I think it’s great. It’s great for the company.
I’ve got no qualms with anybody.
Brock returns to the Octagon to face Mark Hunt on July 9, at the UFC’s bicentennial show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.