“I’ve got no qualms with anybody. If somebody wants to state they are the biggest pay-per-view draw in the world, I don’t care. I’ve never came out and said, ‘Hey, listen, I hold the most pay-per-view buys.’ All I know is what I got paid, and I’m happy to do so. I’m a prizefighter. I don’t hang my championships on the wall because they don’t pay the bills… I don’t know him, but I know of Conor McGregor. This sport has evolved even from the first time that I entered into the Octagon. I think people are finding out that you have to talk the talk, and more importantly you have to walk the walk. For guys that can talk and walk the walk, I think it’s great. It’s great for the company.”
-Brock Lesnar gives his thoughts on Conor McGregor and his own place in the history of UFC’s pay-per-view business in a recent ESPN Sportscenter interview (transcribed by MMAJunkie.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Lesnar’s made it clear on more than one occasion that he doesn’t particularly care about his legacy. He has some things he’s accomplished, and he has accolades placed upon him, but he does what he does because he’s personally driven to do it. That he’s found success in multiple fields is a testament to his abilities, but he doesn’t need to be the king of pay-per-view in the UFC to still be extremely well off from his appearances. He’s still a significant star in his own right, and if McGregor takes the spot as the current top star, well it just means more money being brought in overall.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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