Asked about the prevalence of steroids, Lesnar said:
"I really don't know. I mean, the shows are tested and the results are made public. A vast majority of the time the guys are clean, but occasionally they're not. I can tell you that the testing is real and, at least in the U.F.C., the fighters can be tested at any time."
My take: I would assume that in Lesnar's former career -- pro wrestling -- steroids are much more prevalent than they are in the UFC, although it would be naive to think that of the 180 or so UFC fighters, not a single one is using performance-enhancing drugs.
On whether he should have had to pay his dues in the lower levels of MMA before getting heavy promotion in UFC, Lesnar says:
"A lot of people lose sight of the bottom line: this is a business. It's about making dollars by selling tickets, Pay-Per-Views, and merchandise. It's up to the promoter to decide what is televised. I just train hard, then get in the octagon and fight.
In regard to the "You haven't paid your dues" stuff: sure, I came into this sport with a name, but I didn't just build my name and my reputation in pro wrestling. I also came in with twenty years of amateur wrestling experience."
My take: Lesnar is right about that, and I've come around a little bit on my own opinion of Lesnar with respect to the part he plays within the UFC. I don't really have a problem with him getting heavily promoted, and I think he proved by destroying Heath Herring that he's worthy of respect in his new sport.
Asked if he has ever read Freakonomics, Lesnar said:
No. I don't have the Internet, so I've never read the blog.
My take: I'm not sure if Lesnar realizes that Freaknomics is a book, but whatever. We don't watch him in the Octagon because we care about his reading habits.