Originally Posted by graciemag
Two-time absolute Jiu-Jitsu world champion (99/00) Rodrigo Comprido has worked on polishing up Brock Lesnarís ground game before, in preparing the giant for his bout with Heath Herring at UFC 87, as reported by GRACIEMAG.com in June of this year.
Now that the juggernaut will have a true test ahead of him at UFC 91, this coming Saturday November 8th, against veteran Randy Couture, the Brazilian was brought back into action.
In the following interview, Comprido commented on the fact Couture has Robert Drysdale working with him on his grappling and how he is drumming up a strategy to surprise the MMA icon.
GRACIEMAG.com: How is Brock Lesnarís training for the Couture fight?
COMPRIDO: Brock has a new training center. He still has the same training partners he had in Minneapolis: Greg Nelson and Marty Morgan, but now he lives in Alexandria. He invited me for the second time to help him with his ground game. The fact that my academy is located in Chicago helps a lot because its pretty close to him
GRACIEMAG.com: Isnít that change bad for him?
COMPRIDO: I believe it's the other way around. He is even more focused now and training is very tough, Chris Toucherer ,Kirk Klosowsky , Neil Cooke, Cole Konrad ...just to name a few of the guys that are working with us.
GRACIEMAG.com: Isnít Cole Konard a 2-time National champion and 3-time All-American?
COMPRIDO: That is what Iím saying, the training is great, Marty Morgan is one of the best wrestling coaches in the country. I have also been learning a lot with those guys.
GRACIEMAG.com: Robert Drysdale is training Couture ,does that make your job harder?
COMPRIDO: Drysdale is a great teacher and I know him well because we are both from Brasa. The fact that a guy like him is helping Couture makes him more dangerous, for sure, but on the other hand, I know Robert very well and can imagine what he is correcting in his game and can prepare a counter attack. I know Couture is a very strategic fighter, but I believe Brock will take this fight in the first round.
GRACIEMAG.com: Is it true that Brock injured his leg and even thought about canceling the fight?
COMPRIDO: Brockís leg is great, there is no reason to worry.
GRACIEMAG.com: If Brock wins this fight, he will be up for a title challenge against Minotauro or Frank Mir, right?
COMPRIDO: Yes, he fights Couture for the original title while Minotauro and Mir fight for the current one, then the two winners fight to unify the title.
GRACIEMAG.com: What inspired a famous guy like him to pursue a career in MMA?
COMPRIDO: Brock doesnít fight for fame or money, He does it because he likes to compete and challenge himself. He wants to face the best in the world. I believe that is the reason he dedicates himself so much to it. That also makes him more dangerous
GRACIEMAG.com: What is it like to train with someone so heavy and strong?
COMPRIDO: If he were only strong and heavy it would not be a problem, but he has technique too. Now I know how Felipe Costa must feel when he trains with me, LOL
GRACIEMAG.com: What are your plans for the future?
COMPRIDO: Iím still training and teaching BJJ, but now here in Chicago. At FLO MMA we have a beginners group but all are very dedicate and we plan to prepare them for competition. We have a group of amateur MMA fighters that are already doing good and some others are more experienced, such as Mike Russow, Terry Martim, Shoni Carter, Achour EchourÖWe also still have the BrazilianBlackBelt camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Besides this we want to make BRASA grow with seminars all over the country. Traven, , Esfiha, Botti, Lapela, Jonatas, Robert, Michele , Felipe Costa, Jonatas, Ratinho, Vitor Viana, Demian Maia are some of the guys who always help to make this Sport grow.
If I were a Brock fan I would be happy to here that he isn't ignoring bjj even though he is facing somebody that isn't all that known for it.