For the first time since 2011, Brock Lesnar will be in an unscripted fight at UFC 200 on July 9 — and the WWE star says he doesn’t care what effect that might have on his professional wrestling career.
Lesnar, 38, is scheduled to fight Mark Hunt in next week’s landmark UFC event in Las Vegas. Lesnar is still under contract with the WWE, which has described his appearance at UFC 200 as a “one-off.” The entertainment company has already stated Lesnar will be involved in WWE SummerSlam on Aug. 21.
A former UFC champion, Lesnar (5-3) hasn’t fought since his UFC 141 loss to Alistair Overeem. He exited mixed martial arts on the heels of a two-fight skid, in which he was knocked out during the first round in back-to-back fights. He’ll face a dangerous opponent in Hunt (12-10-1), who is known for his knockout power — but Lesnar says he’s not concerned about his future marketability.
“I really don’t give a s—,” said Lesnar, when asked about how his drawing power in WWE will be affected by what happens at UFC 200.
“This isn’t about my fans,” he continued. “This is about me living my life, being the person I want to be. I mean, granted, without the fans and everything, none of us would be able to do this and I get that. But I don’t sit up at night wondering if my drawing power is going to be hurt [and] are my WWE fans going to tune and watch me do this. I don’t give two s—- about that. This is about me. I want to get in there and be an athlete again.”
During an interview with Business Insider earlier this week, Stephanie McMahon, WWE chief brand officer and daughter of chairman Vince McMahon, stated the WWE is “not supporting the fight necessarily,” but also doesn’t view the UFC as a direct competitor.
When asked for his thoughts on McMahon’s comment, Lesnar said, “I don’t know. I don’t care what she says.”
Lesnar, who says he has trained about “four to five weeks” for the fight against Hunt, has repeatedly said he doesn’t know if UFC 200 will be his last MMA fight. He formally announced his retirement from MMA in 2015, but said he was never satisfied with how his career ended. Lesnar suffered from an intestinal disorder during the later part of his UFC run, which he has said greatly affected his ability to train.