Brock Lesnar has recalled the request that he made to UFC President Dana White ahead of stepping into action for the first time.
After becoming disillusioned with life in WWE after just two years on the main roster, Brock Lesnar decided it was time to do something different. This initially meant trying to land a spot in the NFL before turning out for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Despite coming remarkably close to a full NFL deal with the Minnesota Vikings, considering he hadn’t played football in years, Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in his debut match in Japan in October 2005.
However, it wasn’t long before The Beast was in search of a new challenge, and this led him to the UFC in late 2007 via a brief dabble with Japanese promotion Hero’s.
The following February, Lesnar made his debut inside the octagon at UFC 81 where he lost to Frank Mir. Despite the setback, Lesnar rebounded in August dominating Heath Herring before beating Randy Couture for the Heavyweight Title before the year was out.
Speaking during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, Lesnar discussed his switch from professional wrestling to the world of mixed-martial-arts. In doing so he revealed that prior to making his UFC debut he asked to be sent an octagon to train in to prepare him for his first fight in front of a crowd.
“It’s a different game, you know, entering the octagon,” Lesnar explained. “And I’m telling you, you’ve got to be – like, you’ve got to be half batsh*t crazy. Like when you go through that door – like, I built or ordered an octagon so I could, didn’t have to first – like, jitters of getting in an octagon. I’m like, ‘Dana, I want an octagon’ and like, ah boom, shipped an octagon. So I can fight in it and practice in it, you know? But then you’re in front of 20,000 people and they shut the door and it’s like, ‘Ahhh’.”
During the conversation, Lesnar also opened up about his struggles with his mental health and anxiety. The former World Champion admitted that it can take him days to mentally recover from performing at WWE live events.
Brock Lesnar will be back in action at Elimination Chamber on February 19th when he takes on Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, Austin Theory and Riddle in an attempt to win the WWE Championship.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.