While champion Brock Lesnar has never been one to pull any punches â€“ although Shane Carwin is hoping he will Saturday night when they collide at UFC 116 for the undisputed heavyweight crown â€“ the brash wrestler wasnâ€™t interested in kicking a downed Fedor Emelianenko.
â€śIt was disappointing. I hate to see a guy like that,â€ť Lesnar told The Jim Rome Show of Fedorâ€™s abrupt fall from grace. â€śWhether his legacy was more of a mystique than it was, he stood up and he was respectful and it was tough to see. It reminded me of my first fight against Frank [Mir] when I got really anxious and fell right into the trap.
â€śThatâ€™s a tough pill to swallow. Thatâ€™s a big pill to swallow and I definitely do not want to try to swallow that pill again.â€ť
When asked if it was possible to sympathize with the man most consider the planetâ€™s top 265-pounder â€“ despite his uncanny ability to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge the Octagon â€“ the former WWE superstar claimed to be spearheading the â€ś2-4-6-8-Who-Do-We-Appreciateâ€ť charge.
â€śI feel bad for him,â€ť Lesnar candidly stated.
Although Lesnar witnessed Fabricio Werdum end Emelianenkoâ€™s nearly decade-long winning streak in :69 OH MY GOD seconds, he believes his legacy is still intact because it happens to the best of them â€“ including Lesnar.
â€śNo I donâ€™t. I donâ€™t think any less of him,â€ť Lesnar said of the Russian. â€śWeâ€™re human beings and we all make mistakes and itâ€™s whether or not we can get up and better ourselves. Thatâ€™s what true champions are made of, I believe.â€ť
Emelianenkoâ€™s resume still reads an unprecedented 31-2. He rattled-off 27 straight Wâ€™s the last time he lost a scrap.