Brock Lesnar made multiple appearances on the ESPN family of networks on Tuesday morning, promoting WWE’s SummerSlam 2015 and his match with The Undertaker. The former UFC champion shared some thoughts about UFC President Dana White, who recently made news by calling professional wrestling “fake.”
Lesnar acknowledged that outcomes in wrestling are predetermined, but he defended WWE and its chairman, Vince McMahon, for doing a better job of promoting a similar product to UFC.
“Of course, Dana, it’s fake. Everybody knows that,” Lesnar said on SportsCenter. “But you’re promoting the same thing we’re promoting. Dana White is promoting fights. We’re promoting fights. It just so happens that we get a little more longevity out of our fight and out of our fighters because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena. Everybody knows that.”
“The business model is the same. It’s identical. And I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana [White], and that might rub Dana the wrong way. ”
A few prominent wrestlers, including WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, have criticized White for his comments. White's statement was in response to a fan's tweet regarding the price of WWE pay-per-views, compared to what it costs to watch a UFC PPV.
After wrestling in WWE from 2002 through 2004, Lesnar left the company and ended up having eight fights in the UFC from 2007 through 2011. He went 5-3, defeating Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 91 on Nov. 15, 2008. Lesnar held the title for nearly two years, until he lost to Cain Velasquez.
Just prior to WrestleMania 31 in March, there had been speculation that Lesnar would return to UFC. But he announced that his mixed marital arts career was over, and he signed a multiyear deal to remain with the WWE, where he returned in 2012 after eight years.