Brock Lesnar was enjoying himself on Wednesday afternoon at the UFC 200 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas, fielding questions and delivering several entertaining responses to those he didn’t feel like taking seriously.
One such question came from longtime boxing and MMA reporter Kevin Iole, who asked Lesnar about his health and how long after his exit from the UFC he finally started feeling better. That led to this gem of a reaction:
“I think it was day 49. I can’t remember the exact hour,” Lesnar deadpanned, rolling his eyes a bit. “I feel f***ing awesome. Why does it matter? I’m here… My health is behind me. I’m sitting here at UFC 200 soaking it all in. I feel great. It’s good to be here. It’s good to be back. There’s nothing else to say.”
Later, when asked by Ariel Helwani how many rounds of sparring he managed to get in while prepping for Mark Hunt, Lesnar shot back “3,000” and laughed, shutting that line of questioning down as well.
What’s clear from Lesnar’s thought process at the press conference is that nothing’s clear. He’s feeling great, and wants to fight again, but he doesn’t know what’s going to happen from there.
“It’s maybe a teaser [for the future]. We’ll see what happens,” Lesnar said. “I have no idea. I’ll never say never. We’ll see.”
Penick’s Analysis: Lesnar’s not interested in giving anyone a narrative other than “I feel good, I’m back to have fun.” That’s a perfectly fine narrative, and if he doesn’t want to go any further in depth on things he’s under no obligation to do so. The only important thing is that he’s fighting for the first time in four and a half years. That’s happening Saturday night, and if he’s feeling healthy and ready to go, he’s feeling healthy and ready to go. We’ll find out whether that’s enough on pay-per-view this weekend.
[Brock Lesnar art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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