July 16, 2009
You think fans and some media member are anti-Brock Lesnar after his postfight behavior at UFC 100? The fighters are coming out in droves to pound the big guy. Mike Swick, an 11-fight veteran of the UFC, is worried Lesnar could ruin everyone's image:
"I wouldn't say he's an ambassador for our sport. It was just sad. Everyone I know, obviously we talked after the fight, hates him. He's probably the most hated fighter in MMA history. He definitely has the most negative it factor."
Swick is afraid Lesnar that is setting a terrible tone for young fighters.
"I just hope the newer breed of fighters dont look at him and wanna be like that. We're not WWE. I don't want people to think that's what we're becoming."
When you're acting you don't have to show respect towards your opponent and then fans:
"(The big difference) is the amount of respect we have. We're always showing respect to each other."
Swick says Lesnar did little to impress him in his win over Frank Mir:
"I don't think technically he's a top fighter. He's gonna run into a heavyweight who's gonna beat him up."
Swick says that Shane Carwin and his American Kickboxing Academy teammate are two guys who can beat Lesnar.
"A lot of people want to see that fight happen. They wanna see him put where he belongs."
Swick is facing Martin Kampmann at UFC 103 in Dallas. The winner may get a shot at UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
Swick will travel from San Jose to Las Vegas next weekend to take part in ESPNRadio1100's 24-hour radiothon at The Palms to benefit The Caring Place of Nevada on July 24-25. Readers and listeners can bid to do an hour of radio with Swick and several other stars of the UFC. Swick's time slot is 8 a.m. PT on Saturday. Dana White, Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Amir Sadollah, Matt Serra, Rashad Evans, Chuck Liddell, Stephan Bonnar and Octagon Girl Arianny are also up for bids. The bidding closes Friday night at ESPN1100.com at 5 p.m. PT.
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