Brock Lesnar says UFC and WWE are “the same racket.” | Sherdog.com
WWE CEO Vince McMahon and UFC President Dana White are both known for their outsized personas, but according to Brock Lesnar, one is better at promoting his brand than the other.
Lesnar appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday ahead of the WWE’s upcoming SummerSlam event. During the interview, he addressed White’s recent Twitter comments -- which were hardly a revelation -- that professional wrestling is fake.
“Of course, Dana, it’s fake. You’re right. Everybody knows that. But it’s still the same. You’re promoting the same thing we’re promoting,” Lesnar said. “Dana White is promoting fights; we’re promoting fights. It just so happens that you can get a little more longevity out of our fight and out of our fighters because of the circumstances. It is a staged arena. Everybody knows that.”
@RKORollins I hear u bro but fake shit should be 9.99— Dana White (@danawhite) August 1, 2015
@RKORollins not disrespecting what they do. All the WWE guys I have met are awesome people but yes it's fake.— Dana White (@danawhite) August 1, 2015
Even though mixed martial arts is a sport with no predetermined outcome and pro wrestling is entertainment with choreographed results, Lesnar says that White’s job is not really any different than that of his current employers in the WWE.
“Dana, in his defense, is promoting fighting, but it’s the same thing,” Lesnar said. “He’s trying to sell pay per views; he’s trying to sell money fights. It’s the same racket.”
However, Lesnar sides with his current boss when it comes to selling a product. McMahon’s aptitude, Lesnar believes, is one reason why White can get a little sensitive when the UFC is compared to the WWE.
“It’s non-rehearsed, absolutely, but the business model’s the same,” Lesnar said. “It’s identical. And I think Vince McMahon is better at it than Dana and that might rub Dana the wrong way. Vince is the pioneer of it. He’s been doing this his whole life, and he’s damn good at it.”
Lesnar, who captured the UFC heavyweight belt in 2008, retired from the Octagon following a loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141. Earlier this year, Lesnar ruled out a return to the Las Vegas-based promotion, instead electing to continue his career in the WWE.