Brock Lesnar recently reflected on his time with the UFC.
Lesnar is a former UFC heavyweight champion and remains one of the promotion’s biggest stars of all time. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the current WWE superstar.
He lost his promotional debut after getting submitted by Frank Mir in 2008 in what was only a one-fight deal at the time.
However, UFC president Dana White would eventually bring him back and Lesnar would go on to become heavyweight king in just two fights.
“I was so mad at myself,” Lesnar said on The Pat McAfee Show regarding his debut defeat to Mir (via MMA Fighting). “It just built another thing that the people ram down your throat and say you can’t do something. Love those people. Love them. I get goosebumps for that.
“I had a one-fight deal [with the UFC], and I was like, ‘Please give me another shot at this.’ Boom, then it took off. I fought Heath Herring and then I got Randy Couture and won the belt.”
As for his relationship with White? Lesnar has no problems with him at all. However, he does believe he should have probably made a lot more than he did in his UFC tenure.
“Dana’s all right,” Lesnar added. “I’ve got a lot of money from him. I probably should have got paid more, maybe.”
Brock Lesnar: Hard To Follow UFC Today
Lesnar is usually a reserved person who isn’t much for being out and about. He certainly doesn’t have time for watching television.
But perhaps he would if things were a lot different in the UFC. Lesnar feels there are too many fighters in the promotion and that the UFC should start focusing on building some of the next big stars.
“I don’t watch a lot of fighting anymore just because there’s so many guys,” Lesnar explained. “It’s hard to follow. I wish Dana could figure out how to book things different, and come on and let’s start getting behind some of these guys, and maybe protect somebody for a while so they can become a household name. You can cha-ching them.
“But he’s in the business of putting on super fights every week, and it’s tough to do and it’s tough to stay on top.”
You can watch the full interview below: