UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will face Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 this Sunday, October 24.
[firstpara] Velasquez is a challenger consummate UFC fans consider as one of two contenders capable of defeating Lesnar; the other one is fellow prodigy Junior Dos Santos.
But Lesnar, on the other hand, should not be worried.
If anything, Lesnar already overcame his biggest and strongest obstacle in Shane Carwin at UFC 116 last July, courtesy of an arm triangle choke despite being heavily pummeled in the first round.
Velasquez however has the rare distinction of being one of the fastest boxers in MMA, evidenced by his five-punch knockout combo of Antonio Noguiera at UFC 109, which sounds like a video game really, but all punches indeed landed.
Countless times have we mentioned that Lesnar (5-1-0) is a 2000 NCAA wrestling champion, and his amateur wrestling experience along with the strength and speed that come with it plays a big part in his success as an MMA fighter.
Big Brock Lesnar easily managed to execute a take down in both of his fights with angas-boy Frank Mir, grinded Randy Couture on the ground and toyed with Shane Carwin the moment the challenger landed on his back.
Punching power is of course not an issue, thanks to a triple-XL lunchbox of a fist. UFC commentator Joe Rogan even cited that Brock had to have his fight gloves specifically made because the regular glove sizes won’t fit his hands.
He once caught Heath Herring with a massive straight punch at UFC 87 that saw his opponent roll over the canvass. Lesnar also left Frank Mir’s face swelling badly after repeatedly smacking him to a TKO victory in UFC 100.
History of victories aside, how is he going to fare against Cain?
Lesnar can choose to be aggressive against Velasquez, who is quite conservative during the get-go in most of his fights, save for his KO win against Minotauro mentioned above.
Velasquez also hasn’t spent much time on the ground, or on his back for that matter. His knockout power was also in question prior to the Noguiera fight, failing to finish off Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 after dominating him in all three rounds.
All the same, Lesnar should make an effort not to try standing with Velasquez, who according to UFC.com has a 63% striking accuracy and a 70% striking defense.
We say another submission win could do the trick, and if his six-figure’s worth of training camp is any indication, the ever-improving and ultra-athletic Lesnar would be able to surprise Velasquez as much as he did Carwin.
Next: Analyzing Cain Velasquez
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO