A Day with the UFC’s Brock Lesnar

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March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar cuts a promo for Sportscenter at the ESPN Studios in Bristol, CT. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


Had a chance to work with a larger than life athlete today, spending the day with NCAA wrestling champion–turned WWE Champion–turned UFC Champion Brock Lesnar, who took over the ESPN studios in Bristol, CT. Despite his brash, sometimes loudmouthed TV persona, Lesnar was easy going, polite to a fault, and one of the nicest athletes I’ve had the chance to work with.

The day started with an early Sportscenter taping, with Brock Lesnar facing off with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for a segment.

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar goes one-on-one with ESPN's Hannah Storm. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


Here’s a bird’s eye view of the Sportscenter studios during the interview.

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar interviews with ESPN's Hannah Storm during his visit to Bristol, CT. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


Next up was Lesnar’s visit to the set of ESPN’s First Take and a sit down with Jay Crawford. Fun interview to listen in on while shooting, and Lesnar got the chance to hype his upcoming book “Death Clutch”.

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar gets ready for his appearance on ESPN's First Take. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; ESPN First Take's Jay Crawford gives his best pose with the UFC's Brock Lesnar. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar speaks about the upcoming release of his book "Death Clutch" on the set of ESPN's First Take. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


The funniest moment of the day took place back on the Sportscenter set, when ESPN’s John Buccigross squared off with Brock shooting a lead-in, the two faced off, ripped their suit jackets off, and then Bucci ran off the set scared, funny stuff…

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; John Buccigross (l) faces off against Brock Lesnar (r) while taping a Sportscenter lead. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar (r) and John Buccigross (l) get ready to throwdown on the set of ESPN's Sportscenter. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


Gotta give Brock the edge in that battle, but who knows, maybe Bucci could have played hockey enforcer and pulled the shirt over his head. Last up was the set of MMA Live and an interview with host Jon Anik.

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar on the set of MMA Live with host Jon Anik. Photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN


All in all a good day, fun shoot, and Lesnar was truly a good guy to work with, personable and funny, and I’m guessing because of his background with the WWE can break right into character for TV. Away from the camera, he was humble and easygoing.

March 29, 2011; Bristol, CT, USA; Brock Lesnar turned out to be one of the most personable and down to earth athletes I've worked with...

Special thanks to ESPN Talent Producer Lisa Stokes, who kept the day running incredibly smooth, and my job easy.

For a look at today’s take in slideshow format, CLICK HERE

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