The former WWE superstar Brock Lesnar began competing in the UFC in 2008 and eventually won the heavyweight title. Lesnar was one of the UFC’s highest-paid fighters and appeared on eight pay-per-views, six of which he headlined.
Lesnar believes he was underpaid. However, he claimed that he had a nice relationship with promoter Dana White despite that.
Lesnar stated on The Pat McAfee Show:
“Dana’s all right. I’ve got a lot of money from him. I probably should have got paid more, maybe.”
Lesnar defeated Min-Soo Kim in his UFC debut in 2007. However, he was defeated by Frank Mir in 2008.
Lesnar was infamous for an angry speech slamming a UFC sponsor after victory over Frank Mir.
“I love it, I love it. I’m gonna go home tonight, I’mma sit down with my friends and family.
“I’m going to be drinking Coors light. That’s right Coors because Bud Light wont pay me anything.”
“And hell I might even get on top of my wife tonight. See y’all later.”
Recently Lesnar said:
“I was so mad at myself. 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, 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.”
Lesnar won the championship after defeating Herring, Couture, and Mir in subsequent matches. He then defeated Shane Carwin. However, Lesnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts after suffering back-to-back defeats to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem.
Lesnar made a short comeback in 2016 at UFC 200. He defeated Mark Hunt on points, but the result was reversed to a no-contest due to a failed drug test. The legendary pro wrestler then toyed with making a second return in 2018 to a match against the reigning champion Daniel Cormier. However. he re-signed with the WWE.
However, Lesnar cannot differentiate between Vince McMahon and Dana White after years of close collaboration.
Lesnar continued: “I really can’t compare the two guys. Honestly, my relationship with Vince is so different than it is with Dana over the years.”
“Vince and I have had a love-hate relationship for the last 20 years, but it’s been good. We have a lot of water under the bridge. I have a lot of respect for both. But dealing with Dana, it’s just a totally different business approach.”
“I met Vince when I was younger. I look at Vince more as a father figure actually. Because I’ve learned a lot of things from him, and I was able to carry those things over and handle business with Dana.”
“Vince is a self-made person, so is Dana. Took the company and made it public.”