“I think it’s a bunch of bulls—. The fights that I’ve gotten hit, I’ve stood and banged with Heath Herring, Randy Couture, Frank Mir — I’ve taken a lot of shots. I mean, Shane Carwin. And I’ve yet to be knocked out. I had refs stop a fight for a submission and a TKO, which is a referee stoppage. I’ve never been knocked out cold… In the heavyweight division, if guys are putting leather in the right spots, it’s hard to come back from that… Any time you’re on top, whatever it is, and I don’t care if it’s the business world or it’s in farming or fighting — and those are all things that I’m in — there’s people out to get you. There’s criticism. I don’t know if it’s just that people don’t like to see other people succeed, or just if they want to see them fail.”

— Brock Lesnar, via MMA Fighting, responding to criticism that he can’t take a punch

Well, as far as I’m concerned, actions speak louder than words. If Alistair Overeem blasts him next Friday night and Lesnar doesn’t go rumbling and tumbling across the Octagon, then I might start believing him. But until I see him take a few good shots, stand his ground and keep on fighting kind of like Shogun Rua did when Dan Henderson blasted him repeatedly for three rounds, I just can’t buy it.

Lesnar may have never been knocked out cold, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a chin issue. It’s more of a not liking getting punched in the face issue. The thing is I’m not sure the natural tendency to stay in the pocket after being hit in the face by someone’s fist is necessarily an acquired taste. Maybe I’m wrong, but isn’t that an instinct you’re either born with or you’re not?

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