By Zach Arnold | May 25, 2011
Brock is doing the media rounds and one stop on the media tour was this interview he did with Mauro Ranallo yesterday to promote his brand new book, Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival. In the 20-minute interview, Brock was largely calm & respectful. He was being himself and while the interview in general was not one that set the world on fire, he did make some interesting observations.
First, about his current medical condition and where things are heading:
MAURO RANALLO: “What is the plan for you, Brock? Are you scheduled to go to the doctor this week, I understand, or what’s the future hold for Brock Lesnar as a Mixed Martial Artist?”
BROCK LESNAR: “Yeah, I’m very disappointed. This has not only mentally but this has been very physically strenuous on me, you know, since my first bout with Diverticulitis in 2009. Having to back away from a fight is not something that I think anybody likes to do, surely me, you know, the first time it happened to me and to fall under the same circumstances, I thought I had this thing beaten and I’m very disappointed but getting past that and understand that, you know, my health is very important and I got another doctor’s appointment on Thursday and a consultation where we’re going to go over and just try to figure out the best approach to try to handle this and it may be surgery and it may be not. We’re reviewing other options here to try to help me but, you know, I want to get back into the Octagon sooner than later.”
MAURO RANALLO: “So, obviously you, as you stated during the conference call when this first was released, you stick by your guns that your MMA career is not over?”
BROCK LESNAR: “No, it’s not over. I mean, I don’t, you know, even talking with the doctors about the possibility of surgery, there’s really, uh, it’s not a career-ending surgery by any means so I just got to weigh out all my options at this time and see if that is the right thing to do or is there’s any other medication that I can be on or any other thing, I don’t know how I can change my diet any more than I have but we’re looking down all avenues right now and I foresee, you know, in the near future that I’ll be able to step back in the Octagon.”
Mauro, to his credit, asked Brock about the low ratings for The Ultimate Fighter this season. In a respectful manner, Brock said that it’s the 13th season of the show (his words) and that Junior dos Santos is not a house hold name. He did mention the time slot being an issue, but only in passing. In regards to the upcoming fight between JDS & Shane Carwin, Brock picked Carwin all the way to win and by ‘wherever he wants to take the fight.’ As for whether or not he will watch UFC 130 this weekend featuring Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson… not so much.
MAURO RANALLO: “Do you hate Frank Mir?”
(laughter for 10 seconds)
BROCK LESNAR: “We’re not going fishing tomorrow, I’ll leave it at that.”
MAURO RANALLO: “What about his fight with Roy Nelson on Saturday? I mean, how do you think that fight will unfold? Actually I’ll ask you now, Brock, because I know that you… are you a fight fan, like do you like to watch the fights? Will you still continue to watch PPVs or is the family and everything else first and foremost, like will you be watching the event this Saturday?”
BROCK LESNAR: “Um, you know, there’s a good chance, maybe so, but it’s not my priority list but there are fights that I have watched and I have rented before but it’s not very often. I mean, I’m usually outside, we’re usually doing something in the yard or, you know, I’ve got two young boys that take up a lot of my time, you know, right now, you know, between getting them ready for bed and fighting them to get them in bed, so our hands are pretty full.”
As for how Brock sees his legacy in the UFC so far, he’s relatively satisfied.
MAURO RANALLO: “So, you got the doctor’s appointment on Thursday, the book has come out today. Again, having had a little taste of your MMA career, did you think it would be this fast, this soon? I mean, you were thrown to the wolves and, uh, like I say in your fourth fight, just like Randy Couture, you’re a champion. How do you put into perspective what’s happened so far in your MMA career?”
BROCK LESNAR: “Well, it really has been rather overwhelming. I mean, I’ve been very gratified and it’s been a great time. The company and Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta), they’ve all been very good to me in putting my health first and foremost and so I’m really happy with my career thus far in the UFC and I look forward to continuing my fight career and facing and hopefully one day becoming the UFC Heavyweight champion again.”
His new book is Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival and is currently available for purchase. (The Kindle book price is not that much lower than the print edition, though.)