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Default Lesnar & Mir Comment & Compliment Each Other

This is an article primarily about Lesnar, but most of it is Lesnar & Mir's responding to each other. Maybe after some peeps read this, they'll see that Brock isn't an ***hole like they think. Good respect between each other here.

Lesnar’s passion in MMA, but he won’t pass on paycheck
UFC heavyweight champ says he’s evolved since last match with Mir


UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, center, and President Dana White joke with Brock Lesnar that they will have to get him a larger belt after he beat Randy Couture for the heavyweight title Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Lesnar won by TKO in the second round.

By Andy Samuelson
Mon, Jul 6, 2009 (midnight)

Physically, Brock Lesnar is already the UFC’s biggest star.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Lesnar looks to be made more of granite than flesh.

A win at Saturday night’s historic UFC 100 event at Mandalay Bay could easily place the behemoth right at the top of the list of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars in terms of financial success and stardom.

But the former collegiate champion wrestler previously tasted such fame during a highly lucrative professional wrestling stint with the WWE.

The self-proclaimed farm boy says there’s nothing wrong with a big paycheck, but it is his love for amateur wrestling — which he spent years training at without making a dime — that pushes him in practice every day.

“I guess the main thing is I enjoy what I’m doing. I got the best job in the world,” the UFC heavyweight champ said. “I’ve already made a lot of money and now it’s just a matter of staying grounded, being close to my family and, you know, being happy. There’s more to life, if you’re not happy life can be pretty damn miserable and I wasn’t very happy as a professional wrestler and now I’m happy. Life is pretty enjoyable.”

But because of the South Dakota native’s humble upbringing and appreciation for hard work, Lesnar said he’s not going to look the other way when a big payday comes his way.

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t fight for peanuts. I’ve been there; I’ve wrestled — blood, sweat and tears for 18 years. I got a lot of time in the gym and got paid zilch,” Lesnar said.

“So now here’s my opportunity, this is prize fighting. I mean, you look at it any other way, you might as well just go fight in the underground and, you know, bare knuckles or whatever, and fight in the streets.”

Lesnar’s critics scoff at his rationale, saying he’s only in it for the money and with just three MMA fights, didn’t deserve the title shot he got against Randy Couture.

The 2000 NCAA heavyweight champ from the University of Minnesota couldn't care less.

“I don’t run around looking for any respect you know, I just try to get in and do my job,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to the fight because getting in there and actually doing exactly what you love to do is an honor and a privilege.”

Lesnar also sees it as a privilege to get another shot at the only opponent he’s lost to, Las Vegas’ own Frank Mir.

While the two have traded several verbal barbs in the months leading up to their unifying match