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LAS VEGAS -- Brock Lesnar had less than a week to savor his successful title defense against Shane Carwin.

The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar will put his heavyweight crown on the line against the unbeaten Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros respects the considerable skills Velasquez brings to the table.

A junior college national champion and two-time collegiate All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, Velasquez has not fought since he steamrolled Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 in February.

“Cain Velasquez is a great fighter; he has a great level of muay Thai and wrestling,” Medeiros said. “I’m confident in Brock, and I think he’s the best heavyweight in the world. We’ll outline a strategy, make a plan and train, and I’m sure we’ll win this challenge. It’s a big challenge. Velasquez is an excellent athlete.”

Lesnar submitted the previously unbeaten Carwin with a second-round arm-triangle choke at UFC 116 on July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Minnesota-based heavyweight survived a harrowing first round in which Carwin wobbled him standing and threatened to finish him with ground-and-pound against the cage.


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Cain Velasquez is a threat.
“The important thing is teamwork,” Medeiros said. “Don’t forget that if he had not trained his boxing, perhaps he could not have withstood such punishment. If the guy’s wrestling wasn’t there, he could not have taken down his opponent and would not have had the opportunity. It’s teamwork.”

Lesnar answered the challenge in round two, as he scored with a takedown, moved to mount and put away Carwin with the choke. In that moment, several months’ worth of preparation paid off.

“This time, he made the training camp a little longer, with some intervals,” Medeiros said. “The camp typically lasts two months, but he made it four months. I thought this position would marry well with his game. It’s a position I’ve been practicing a lot with students in my gym in Chicago.

“We always have to be careful when we’re working with a top athlete, because there are tendencies with all coaches,” he added. “I want the submission. The boxing coach wants the knockout. The muay Thai coach expects low kicks and knees.”

The UFC 116 appearance was Lesnar’s first in nearly a year. The 33-year-old champion battled a life- and career-threatening intestinal disorder in late 2009 and emerged from it with renewed appreciation. Medeiros believes the experience added a new layer to Lesnar.

“First, he changed his eating habits and became a lighter but much stronger fighter,” Medeiros said. “Second, he recognized that he could change his lifestyle. This gave him the motivation to continue fighting and seek new challenges. I think it all came together in his head when he was being punished by Shane Carwin.

“Shane is a great opponent,” he added. “He has an impeccable record and defeated great fighters like Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir. It was a great challenge and a great victory.”

Medeiros thinks the public misunderstands Lesnar, who has become one of the most polarizing figures in mixed martial arts.

“Brock Lesnar is a 260-pound UFC champion,” he said. “He doesn’t need anyone to defend him, and I’m not defending him because I train him. I can only speak about what I see, and I don’t relate to people with bad character. Brock is a very respectful guy. He’s a great person and very attentive. He’s attentive to the team, cares about everyone and always asks us what we need.

“He doesn’t like to talk to the press and has reservations about the way the public perceives him, as would anyone,” Medeiros added. “When you’re with your family, you don’t want anyone sticking a camera in your son’s face. At the time of a fight, you don’t want to stop and talk or give
autographs. People have to understand that.”

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I give props to Brock for signing on for a fight so quickly after his title defense. Im not going to name any names but other champions sometimes take forever to sign on for a defense or like to take breaks so they can get time off from fighting.
The more often Brock successfully defends his title, the more respect he's going to get in my eyes. I think he should be able to beat Cain and then he will lose to JDS, just my prediction.
 

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I think Lesnar's team does recognize the level of talent in Cain and will take this very seriously. I think Lesnar will show us a more improved version when he fights, and defeats, Cain. But by no means is this fight a walk in the park.

I also hope Big Country beats JDS just to throw a wrench in everyone's "JDS will beat Lesnar" plans :laugh:
 

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I think Lesnar's team does recognize the level of talent in Cain and will take this very seriously. I think Lesnar will show us a more improved version when he fights, and defeats, Cain. But by no means is this fight a walk in the park.

I also hope Big Country beats JDS just to throw a wrench in everyone's "JDS will beat Lesnar" plans :laugh:

Then Big Country will beat Lesnar. Lesnar is never supposed to win.....:sarcastic12:


I am looking for this fight to get into later rounds with Lesnar ultimatly finishing it. Saying that it will not be easy for him.
 

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I was surprised by this as well.

Brock took significant damage, is on med. suspension through the first part of august, and spoke openly about taking some time off.

Having said that, Brock is going to listen to Dana about the timing of his next defense; plus Cain has been waiting in the wings for quite some time.

A dangerous opponent for Brock to be sure, and I'm sure all the pros will pick Cain. :)

I give props to Brock for signing on for a fight so quickly after his title defense. Im not going to name any names but other champions sometimes take forever to sign on for a defense or like to take breaks so they can get time off from fighting.
The more often Brock successfully defends his title, the more respect he's going to get in my eyes. I think he should be able to beat Cain and then he will lose to JDS, just my prediction.
 

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I do like how Medeiros mentions trying to synergize between trainers and fight philosophy. As I'm sure that with Brocks athleticism, he's pretty damn effective and overwhelming in most aspects, to the point that each trainer probably starts thinking their martial art is the discipline that Brock should use to win the fight.

I really think Brocks best development in MMA will be in grappling. I think his size and strength combined with his wrestling will allow him to easily become a submission monster. A poorly executed armbar will still come with so much force on a guys arm that it will make for almost instantaneous tapouts, simply because that initial explosion will be so violent guys will tap before they see any "out" in the maneuver or hole in Brocks technique.

I doubt Lesnar ever becomes a black belt in BJJ, but if he ever gets anywhere close, the only chance anyone will ever have against him is the opening bell of the 1st round when the fight is standing, because the second it goes to the ground, with Brocks power and great wrestling base, if he adds top level BJJ, no one will get out from underneath him.

I just want to see him slap an armbar on someone... just to see what a guys arm looks like after its been ripped off. ;)
 

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It's wierd , i kinda Dislike them both. but i can't wait for this fight :confused02:
Same here. I think it will be a great fight. I acknowledge their talents, but neither has gained me as a true fan yet. I guess the only thing I have against Cain is his tatoo. I couldn't get away with a white-pride tatoo without getting labeled a hater, so I have trouble with someone else doing something I can't do myself without repercussions. Not to go off on a rant here, but literally that is the only thing that bugs me about Cain. Aside from that, he is respectful and impressive. It isn't the man, it is the tatoo. And with Brock he has said and done some pretty disgraceful things so far. I hope to become a fan of both of them eventually because they bring some good excitement to the division.
 

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Cain via flying omoplata

i spoke to Dave Camarillo yesterday and he said that Cain's been working alot on his flying submissions and the omoplata is his favourite.
 

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All respect for Brock for signing up to fight such a tough opponant so quickly!

I think this is a less scary fight for Brock, fighting Cain instead of JDS, but this will put Brocks Cardio and skills to the test!

Cant wait for Brock to shut the Cain fans up! WAR BROCK!
 

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All respect for Brock for signing up to fight such a tough opponant so quickly!

I think this is a less scary fight for Brock, fighting Cain instead of JDS, but this will put Brocks Cardio and skills to the test!

Cant wait for Brock to shut the Cain fans up! WAR BROCK!
Good luck with that MK!... Cain fans will be singing and dancing come 121. :)
 
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