Lesnar apologizes for actions
Saturday night should have been a perfect night for Alexandria's Brock Lesnar.
He solidified himself as the top heavyweight fighter in the UFC with a dominating performance over Frank Mir to become the undisputed champion. Instead of focusing on a one-sided fight, he has had to spend a lot of time apologizing for what happened after the match.
Lesnar let his emotions get the best of him after referee Herb Dean called the fight 1 minute and 48 seconds into the second round. Lesnar's actions that followed included taunting a staggered Mir, insulting a sponsor of the event and flipping off the fans as they booed him.
"It was a huge win for me, an emotional win," Lesnar said. "I got a little emotionally carried away and there's no excuse for that. I've never had any unsportsmanlike conduct in my previous fights. Everyone makes mistakes, and I made a huge mistake."
Lesnar placed an added emphasis on this match because of what happened in his first fight with Mir. Mir handed him his only loss as a UFC fighter in February of 2008. Revenge was admittedly a factor going into the match-up on Saturday night. That added to Lesnar's excitement after such a dominating performance.
"There was a lot of stuff said pre-fight and I pretty much kept my mouth closed," he said. "I like to do it with my actions rather than my words, and I just got caught up in the moment...this was the biggest win of my career. The fight went well, but I'm not proud of the after-match."
Lesnar made it clear when he moved to Alexandria that he wanted to be involved in the community. He has done that in the form of working with some of the youth in the area. He was also featured as a speaker at Jefferson High School this past March where he spoke about making smart choices in everyday life, responsibility to yourself and others and setting goals. He admitted that he made a mistake on Saturday night that conflicted with the message he was trying to get across.
"I want to apologize to the young athletes out there," Lesnar said. "I do a lot of stuff with the kids, and I have a lot of fans that are kids, and it was inappropriate. I'm not too proud of it.
"I think with me being a new member of the community, I want to [have a positive impact]. I don't want this to tarnish that - speaking at the high school and everything else. We all make mistakes, and I'm a public figure and I should know better than that."