The biggest combat sports star on the planet was the keynote speaker at the Assiniboia Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction Saturday night at the Prince of Wales Centre.
Brock Lesnar - fresh off his appearance in Wrestlemania 35 last weekend - made the drive in from his home in Maryfield, SK to speak to a sold-out crowd of close to 1,000 patrons. Also on the docket was former NHL enforcer Marty McSorley. I was honoured to serve as the MC!
Here are some notes and quotes from the rare appearance by the UFC, WWE and NFL star:
- Saturday night's event was only the third such appearance Lesnar’s ever done. He said it's not that he's reluctant to do them, or do interviews, but he's been instructed by his lawyer to avoid them because he's too blunt and has a habit of saying things that get him into trouble!
- He grew up on a dairy farm as the youngest of three brothers in Webster, SD. That's where he learned to fight however his mother grew tired of bailing them out of jail on weekends. When she'd eventually had enough, she told them "If you guys don't learn how to make a living out of fighting, you need to stop it right now." That's where the idea of this career was first planted in his head.