When UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar (2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was brought into the organization less than a year ago, he was lauded as much for his ability to hype a fight as for his physical prowess.
But less than a week before the gargantuan wrestling virtuoso will fight for the UFC's heavyweight title against MMA legend Randy Couture on Nov. 15, Lesnar seems less focused on pre-fight antics than the task at hand.
"I'm at peace with my life," Lesnar said in a recent "UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar" media conference call. "I'm at peace with God. I'm at peace with my family, and I'm at peace in the fight game right now. Whether I come across cocky or confident, take it either way that you think it's coming across. I'm enjoying my life, and I've had a great training camp."
Many have openly questioned why Lesnar was given this opportunity considering he's just three fights into his MMA career. The Minnesota native understands the criticism, but believes anyone in his position would have done the same.
"I can't really say much to it because we're in a little too deep now, aren't we?" Lesnar asked. "This is a once in a life opportunity for me, and anybody that would be in my position would never have turned this fight down.
"(UFC President) Dana (White) and Zuffa (LLC) and the UFC, they put on fights that people want to see. And Brock Lesnar vs. Rady Couture for the heavyweight title is a fight that people are going to tune in and want to see. You can't take that away from myself or Randy or from the company. This company puts on fights that people are interested in watching."
White has openly stated that he believes this will be the highest selling pay-per-view in the history of the UFC. The former WWE star said he is unconcerned with the potentially massive viewing audience.
"I've had the opportunity to wrestle in front of 72,000 people," Lesnar said. "That's entertainment, but you're still in front of a large crowd. I've headlined many pay-per-views. This will just be another one."
With his performance -- win or lose -- Lesnar hopes to finally shed the "WWE import" tag that has been his moniker throughout his budding MMA career.
"I'm here to represent amateur wrestling," Lesnar said. "I'm an amateur wrestler at heart, and I always will be. What it does for professional wrestling, I really don't care. Will there be other pro wrestlers that can make this transition? Absolutely not. None of them have the background that I do."
Lesnar will own a considerable size advantage in the bout. And while Couture has faced sizable athletes in recent memory in Tim Sylvia and Gabriel Gonzaga -- both of whom he defeated -- Lesnar said it is his wrestling background that makes this matchup particularly challenging for the current champ.
"We're going to push around 230 pounds," Lesnar said. "Randy's got to push around 275 pounds. There's one thing for me that I understand very well. Randy has fought big guys, but they don't know to wrestle. There's a difference, and Randy knows that, too.
"I'm not just blowing smoke. I know how to wrestle. The bigger guys that Randy has fought -- which is Tim and Gonzaga -- aren't half the athlete that I am as a wrestler, or as a fighter I don't think."
At 45 years old, Couture has been picked to lose seemingly every time he steps into the cage. While "The Natural" will enjoy an unprecedented gap in experience, Lesnar's physical tools once again have many MMA pundits declaring the bout over before it even begins.
Lesnar is not among them.
"I wouldn't even consider Randy as an underdog," Lesnar said. "Randy is a tough son of a bitch. Randy is not an underdog against Gonzaga, nor was he an underdog against Tim Sylvia. I never thought that he was in any of those fights. Randy is a world class athlete, regardless of his age."
Instead, Lesnar has prepared himself to go tor-to-toe with an MMA legend fro 25 minutes.
"Everybody has always said that Randy Couture has great conditioning," Lesnar said. "We're going to test that. I pushed myself to the farthest extremes in this camp. I'm not fighting a slouch, and I know that."
And while the fight is too close to call for some, Lesnar said he's ready for the time of his life.
"There's one thing of having experience, and there's another of just not knowing any different, either," Lesnar said. "And I just don't know any different. I've never fought five rounds, but I don't know any different either.
"It's kind of a toss-up for me. I just put my head down and go. There's one thing for sure that will shine through on [Nov. 15]: I'll be having a lot of fun. I'll be enjoying myself that evening. And I'm coming there for a fight, and I'm going to have fun doing it.
"I hope he brings everything, including the kitchen sink."