Wow! That’s about all I can say after watching the Brock Lesnar-Shane Carwin Heavyweight Championship fight the other night at UFC 116. Although words like “wow” don’t even do the fight justice. It was an absolutely epic performance by Brock Lesnar. Lesnar is normally the bigger, stronger fighter that delivers hammer fists to his opponent, but in the first round Saturday, the roles completely reversed. Lesnar got battered and beaten all over the octagon by his opponent and he actually looked like Frank Mir did in the last Lesnar-Mir fight. However, Brock Lesanr did what champions and legends do. Lesnar withstood a beating, picked himself off the mat, smiled at his opponent, and had an epic victory in a fight that will go down as one of the best in the history of the sport.
While Lesnar has been defeated before this was the first time that he looked like he was overmatched against an opponent. Carwin gave him everything that he had and it still wasn’t enough to take his belt away from him.
Brock Lesnar joined KFAN in Minneapolis to talk about his win over Shane Carwin, what happened in the first round, and whether or not he thought the ref was going to stop the fight.
On how he would describe the fight against Shane Carwin
“Let’s see, I took a good ass-whupping in the first round and made a Rocky comeback in the second.”
On why he was smiling at Shane Carwin at the start of the second round:
“That was a smile, what was going through my head was you got yours in and now it’s time for me to get mine.”
On whether or not the referee communicated to him that he would potentially stop the fight:
“He was communicating with us. Before the fight he comes into the locker room and he says listen fellas if things get ugly out there I’m gonna give you three warnings before I stop the fight. I’m gonna be very verbal in this so you gotta show some movement and show you’re still in the fight. I knew in my mind there was a time I thought you know what? It’s raining punches here and I don’t know where to go. If I move I’m gonna create an opening but I have to move to stay in the fight. You gotta do what you gotta do you know?”
On whether or not he was hurt badly in the fight:
“Oh absolutely. The first uppercut, there was knee followed after that and it took me a few seconds to understand where I was. That’s when I realized, you know what? The fight has started for sure now.”
On whether he thought Carwin punched himself out:
“I’m sure a ton of adrenaline went through his body when you’re in a championship fight and you’ve got the champion on the ropes. He’s wishing and thinking that this thing is in the bag and exerting a lot of energy, I’m sure he wasn’t expecting any of that you know.”
On how much confidence he has now:
“I feel really good about it. It’s been a crazy year from being sick and there was a lot of pressure. I put a lot of pressure on myself for that fight because just to come back from my sickness and it was more than just a training camp here. I’ve been training for this fight since December and to have it all end and all take place within seven minutes, that’s quite the roller coaster ride. Now I’m just happy to be home, spend time with the family and just relax.”