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How Dana White Talked Brock Lesnar Into Coaching TUF 13

The short answer: “Benjamins.”

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole who spoke to Brock Lesnar at the TUF 13 media day, Lesnar initially said no, but Dana White made it worth his while financially and even rented a house for him and his family in Vegas.

Lesnar also shot down rumors about him returning to the WWE for Wrestlemania and not wanting to fight anymore. He said he heard about them through family and friends, but didn’t feel compelled to respond. He’s just happy everyone is still talking about him.

“That thing just took on a life of its own,” Lesnar said of the WrestleMania rumors. “I’m a fighter. There wasn’t anything there. I never pursued anything, no.”

“When I go dark, people have to talk about something,” Lesnar said. “I don’t have any control over that, nor do I really care. I’m just glad they’re still talking about me. It’s a funny thing. I go sit in my deer shack or my fish house and you guys (in the media) still talk about me and I don’t even have to say a word.”

While spending six weeks in Las Vegas isn’t the ideal situation for Lesnar, ultimately he’s grateful to escape the cold weather and for for the opportunity to get his “f—ing belt back.”

“I have one thing in my mind for this whole thing, which is to help these kids and to improve their lives,” Lesnar said. “More importantly, it’s an opportunity for me to get down here and train and it’s an opportunity for me to get my title back sooner rather than later. When I beat dos Santos, then I get a rematch with Velasquez and I get my (expletive) belt back. That’s the way I’m looking at this.”

Lesnar has been hit with a ton of criticism for being a coach for aspiring UFC fighters with his relative lack of experience. He thinks such criticism is absurd and he’s excited to be doing it.

“I was the UFC heavyweight champion. What other qualifications do you need? You guys can sit there and discredit me, but in my mind, I’ve got just as many fights as Junior,” Lesnar said. “I’ve got a great coaching staff, guys that have been coaching top fighters and wrestlers. I’ve got faith in my people. These guys made me a champion, so why can’t we make this eager young kids into champions? I think we can.”

“I have the staff to be able to teach them. I’m not going to be able to get in there and pound away with these guys, but I’m not sure if any other coaches have done that before anyway,” Lesnar said. “These guys, I would say, don’t have a quarter of the background that myself or my coaching staff has. So if we can’t teach them, then something is wrong.”

“I am excited to be a coach. Yesterday was pretty cool being here and getting to pick our teams. It’s kind of like being back in the wrestling room again,” Lesnar said. “These kids are young and eager, and their eyes are just wide open. They’re just excited to be here.”

Should be an awfully interesting season for a show that needs someone like Lesnar to shake things up.

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