Lesnar’s tasteless comments overshadow win

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

LAS VEGAS – During the UFC 100 post-fight press conference, company president Dana White had two legitimate reasons to be in disbelief.

The first was that despite there being 12 seats set up for fighters, much of the press conference consisted of only him and middleweight Dan Henderson, who scored a vicious knockout over Michael Bisping.

“Is this not the weirdest press conference in history?” White said laughing. “UFC 100 is the biggest fight in UFC history and it’s me and f***ing Dan Henderson.”

The second is due to what transpired following Brock Lesnar’s second round TKO victory of Frank Mir in the main event.

As fans booed his win, Lesnar yelled, “Yeah, keep going, keep going." He then took a shot at UFC sponsor Bud Light.

"I'm going to go home, I'm going to drink a Coors light. That's a Coors light because Bud Light won't pay me nothing."

Lesnar then alluded to engaging in sexual intercourse with his wife.

This complete lack of sportsmanship left White dumbfounded.

“I was absolutely blown away,” White said. “I don’t think in the history of the UFC we’ve had anybody do that. It’s not who we are, and, to be honest, it’s not who he is.

“You hang with these guys personally, and you get to know them. If he was a dick, I’d tell you right now this guy is a psycho and I don’t know what I’m going to do with him. He’s not. He’s a smart guy. The sponsorship thing was the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Upon entering the press conference, Lesnar could be seen drinking a Bud Light in an attempt to smooth things over. During his brief appearance, Lesnar apologized profusely.

“I acted very unprofessionally after the fight,” Lesnar began. “I was in the entertainment business for a while and I guess there’s a little bit of (that still in me). You guys ask me all the time, ‘Is there anything that you can drag over from WWE?’ Well, I guess you saw some of that tonight.

“I was just a little jacked up. I’m used to selling pay-per-view tickets. I come from a business that is pure entertainment. I’m just trying to do my job. Dana came back and we had a ‘whip the dog’ session and I screwed up and I apologize.”

White said the UFC just wants him to be himself and forget showmanship.

“What he was doing out there tonight was not real,” White said. “That’s what I’ve been telling him – you don’t have to act like someone you’re not. This isn’t the WWE. You’re an amazing athlete and what you’ve accomplished is phenomenal. Let that speak for itself.

“Brock went so over the top tonight that I can’t even describe it. WWE – that’s what it was.”

ST. PIERRE INJURES GROIN

In the third round of his 25-minute domination of Thiago Alves, Georges St-Pierre seriously injured his groin. During his brief appearance at the post-fight press conference, the welterweight champion admitted he was in a lot of pain.

“It’s pretty bad; I’m in real bad pain,” St-Pierre said. “It happened in the third round. I don’t know where it happened exactly, but I think it happened when I was on the bottom in my guard. Thiago put his knee on me and I heard my abductor snap. I heard the noise and it was pretty bad.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh my God. The fight isn’t even over and I’m on the bottom.’ I couldn’t do much from there. Normally, I would have tried for an armbar. I ended up scrambling, getting up and winning the fight.”

Prior to the bout, White said an impressive performance by St-Pierre could catapult him past Anderson Silva on the list of pound-for-pound best fighters.

“I said it before the fight, if he won it could make him the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and he walked through Thiago Alves tonight,” White said. “He even dropped him in the fight. And then we find out he tore his groin in the third round. You couldn’t even tell. I couldn’t tell.

“Georges St-Pierre is an amazing human being, an amazing fighter and an amazing athlete. I couldn’t say enough good things about him.”

When asked who’s next in line for a shot at the welterweight title, White said no immediate challengers came to mind.

HENDERSON SHUTS UP BISPING

Henderson netted himself a $100,000 bonus for his brutal knockout of Bisping.

In the second round, Henderson came at Bisping with an inside left leg kick. Bisping’s method of escape was to circle to his left. However, this put him in perfect position to eat Henderson’s famous big right hand.

Bisping was out cold before he even hit the ground. As he lay unconscious on the mat, Henderson dove into the air and delivered a huge forearm to his opponent before the ref pulled him off.

Though not quite as bad as Lesnar’s remarks, Henderson’s post-fight comments got him in some hot water.

“Normally, I’m not that way in fights, I know if the guy’s out,” Henderson said to Joe rogan. “I tend to stop; I knew I hit him out and I think that one was just to shut him up a little bit.”

At the press conference, Henderson admitted he was only joking and that he never stops attacking until the referee steps in.

“I only hit him twice – once standing up and once on the ground before the ref jumped in and stopped me,” Henderson said. “It was just a reaction to keep going until I was stopped. But it did feel good, though.”

White once again came to the defense of his fighter, saying emotion often gets in the way of good taste.

“I talked to Dan after the fight…and he said he was joking,” White said. “I didn’t think it was funny, but he was joking. Dan Henderson’s a good guy. These guys are all good guys; Brock’s a great guy too.

“People always ask me what’s up with Brock. Brock’s a grouchy guy the week of a fight. He’s a good guy and he loves Bud Light.”


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