Watching UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar barely escape Shane Carwin’s fists during a shaky first round at UFC 116 last Saturday in Las Vegas, Lesnar's boxing coach Peter Welch wasn’t as alarmed for him as most.
“I wasn't really concerned because I know there's always a chance for recovery,” said Welch on the Sherdog Radio Network's “Beatdown” show on Wednesday. “If you can't punch in traffic then you're not ready…I've seen Brock do it on numerous occasions. He can punch in traffic and I know it's just a matter of setting the feet and turning it around.”
In fact, Welch, who spent weeks secretly training Lesnar at his Death Clutch gym in Alexandria, Minn., leading up to the bout, said things unfolded in a predictable way.
“Part of our strategy and the things that we worked on in camp limited (Carwin’s) ability to get into those standup exchanges and relied a lot on when he did get (Brock) in a vulnerable position with Brock being up against the cage with his head down,” Welch said. “I just think (Carwin) made the best of the situation he had and he may have gassed out when he put himself in that position.”
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