Many fans are reading a lot into the fact that Shane Carwin was a Division II wrestling champion. Brock Lesnar isn’t one of them. The UFC heavyweight champion, who will defend his crown against Carwin at UFC 106, says he is in a different league to his challenger.
“There’s no comparison between Division I and Division II. The reason they have Division II is for the guys who can’t make it at Division I,” Lesnar told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s fine. They need to have something to feel good about themselves. Those guys have to have something to do with their lives.”
Nonetheless, he is taking the fight seriously and is running a training camp that he says is costing him “six figures”. It comprises a team of heavyweight sparring partners - including one NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion - who must all be fed, accommodated and paid, plus coaching staff.
“I take this very seriously. This camp costs me a lot of money. I’m fortunate to be able to do it. It’s a great environment,” he says. “A lot of these other guys, they travel around and try to find the right guys to work out with. This is best heavyweight camp in the world.”
All that money and effort is being expended on one goal - retaining his belt and the spot at the top of the UFC heavyweight division.
“I’m the UFC heavyweight champion and I will be until the day I decide I don’t want to be. And that isn’t any time soon. This is my time. People can like it or not,” he says.
Lesnar also revealed what he thinks of the talent he has seen on season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, which consists solely of heavyweights. He was not in the least bit impressed by Roy Nelson’s fight with Kimbo Slice last week.
“It looked like a couple of high school kids, a bar room brawl, The fat biker dude took his vest off and put ranch dressing on,” is his disparaging - and slightly odd - take on it.
Lesnar v Carwin headlines UFC 106, which takes place on Saturday November 21st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John Joe O’Regan