If you thought Brock Lesnar's confidence was high before making his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on Sat., July 9, 2016, it went through the roof after dominating "Super Samoan" in "Sin City."
And though he hasn't ruled out a return to the Octagon, seeing as how he has commitments with WWE, "Beast Incarnate" proved he has what it takes to hang with the big boys of UFC once again after a five-year layoff.
And when you're Lesnar, you don't sit around to wait to see if a question is coming your way among the rest of the competitor's, you have your very own presser. Brock held court during a solo Q&A with media after his huge win and talked about his victory, his fighting future and his next career step.
On potentially fighting again in the UFC:
"Well, let's get one thing clear: Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do. I believe that my future is already laid out for the next month, I'm doing SummerSlam against Randy Orton. Once the dust settles there I don't know what I'm going to do. I had one hell of a time tonight and I enjoyed myself. We'll see what happens. I don't know. It's really way too soon, guys, I have no idea."
Did he feel like he took Hunt's best shots and did Hunt ever have him rocked at any point:
"No, I wasn't rocked. I don't know if they were his best shots or not. I felt ‘em. The mystery is gone, I guess I can take a shot. I just stuck to the gameplan. I've been out of this game for five years, people. For me to step back in the cage on really short notice and put a camp together, and I couldn't have done it without all the people that supported me... I stuck to the plan. I took some good shots. I took him down. It was the wrestler vs. the power hitter. He never knocked the fuck out of me and here I am. I'm happy."
On going in without illness:
"The whole training camp was different. My prior training camps five years ago were pretty depressing camps. Train for a couple days, take five days off; train for three days and take a week off. I mean, come on, I had 12 inches of my colon removed, jumped back in the Octagon three months later. I mean, who does that shit? Come on. I've been gone five years, I stepped back in the Octagon tonight against a guy ranked number eight in the world... You can write what you want to write but I think I'm the toughest son of a bitch and I'm a top 10... it puts me right in the game. Granted, I've got some work to do but don't we all? If I want to make that decision and keep fighting, I will."
On his cardio and gameplan:
"Breathing a little hard? Well, you take a guy down and you pound on his head, who ain't gonna breathe a little hard? I never felt fatigued at all. I was cool, calm, and collective (sic) and I knew that if I could stand and hang and bang and take some shots from Mark... there ain't a guy, I believe, in the UFC heavyweight division that I can't take down. I've taken every single guy down that I've ever fought against, including Cain Velasquez. I didn't keep him on the ground but I did take him down. Shane Carwin, I took him down. We're talking about five years ago, people. I'm a 39-year-old man and I'm pretty proud of myself."
How pleased was he with his performance:
"Well, I wanted to finish the fight but the guy's got a coconut head. He can... my ground-n-pound, I'm sure he's going to feel it tomorrow just as I'm going to feel his punch tomorrow. He's a stand up guy. He and I have no bad blood against each other. He's a tough son of a bitch, he is. He took a lot of good shots from me and I took some from him. Would I have liked to end the fight? Absolutely. But I won."
Were there nerves in the lead up to this:
"Absolutely. There were a lot of nerves. You gotta keep an open mind. Many days and many nights I took myself back to prior training camps and this is a mental game. It really is 85, 90-percent mental. I believe this game is a mental game. If you put the work in, good things are going to happen. But absolutely. I'm speechless. I was excited to be in there. It's been a long time. Mark knocked the dust off me and away we went. I haven't had that much fun for a long time."
How different was the conversation with Dana White after this show than UFC 100:
"I haven't even seen him. I don't know (how the conversation will go), how do you figure it will go? That (conversation after UFC 100) was all made up shit, we did that for publicity."
Would he want a rematch with Cain Velasquez:
"Sure, absolutely. I trained specifically for Mark Hunt, I mean I trained six weeks for Mark Hunt. If I decided I was going to do this a little further would I have to sharpen some skills? Absolutely. Cain looked really good tonight. He always looks good."
Does he have it in him to become a champion again if he wanted to:
"I believe any man can do whatever he wants if he puts his mind to it. I've been out of this game for five years and I stepped back in the game and trained for six weeks and I think I put a good beating on Mark Hunt tonight. I think anything is possible, ain't it?"
How did it feel to compete again and dominate another person:
"Really good. I hate to say it but ever since I was a little kid I've just been a bully. Not necessarily just picking on anybody but I just like getting my nose dirty. I never turned down a fight, even as a young kid. My mom used to chew my ass because I would go to town looking for fights. She said ‘if you're gonna do it, you might as well earn some money at it.' So here I am. But I'm older and when I decided to make this comeback it was a hard decision. I've been gone for a long time. I'm glad I did it. This goes to show for anybody that's out there, if you don't stick your neck out you're never going to get ahead. I'm not scared to stick my neck out."
After this performance does he have the same thoughts about coming back as he did before this fight:
"I don't know. I'm pretty excited. My body is feeling pretty good, excluding my eye. But I don't know, we'll see what happens. Let me... I don't know, never say never. I took five years off but I know I'm reaching the big 4-0 here so we'll be realistic about it."