Lesnar's BJJ coach: 'Velasquez a big challenge'

by Marcelo Alonso | source: sherdog.com

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.

“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.”

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warez site profile image  

7/13/10 11:07 PM by warez

also... Brock exposed himself in his win more than Fedor in his loss. Fedor would take Brock's lunch money.

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7/13/10 11:04 PM by warez

I think Velasquez is going to out scrap Brock. Brock got his ass handed to him on the stand up and 'survived' Carwin. It had nothing to do with his boxing, wrestling, muy thai, etc. There was no technique to him doing the fetal fighting positions to survive. He is very lucky that Carwin gassed for the 2nd round.Velasquez has enough wrestling to neutralize Brock's takedown, while being faster on the standup. He's going to light up Brock like a Christmas tree. I wouldn't doubt if Cain pulls off his single-leg/trip on Brock because Brock will be busy anticipating getting hit.Velasquez is undefeated at 8-0, with 7 wins by TKO. I think the UFC is going to lose their poster boy when Brown Pride takes his belt, and sends the corn fed Brock back to the hype factory.

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7/13/10 8:53 PM by ajjr0ller

Do you have a source for this? I don't remember hearing about that.

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7/13/10 8:22 PM by BzGrappla


blue63 site profile image  

7/13/10 9:09 AM by blue63

 Brock fired Nelson for talking to the media about Brock's illness back around January or so.

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7/13/10 7:57 AM by salsero

I respect your opinion, but he's far from a joke. Before Carwin, I wasn't sure whether or not Lesnar was ready based on the caliber of his previous competition. That fight with Carwin legitimized him in my eyes, as he showed the heart of a champion. Not only did he weather Carwin's storm, but he did so while apparently not sustaining much damage. Carwin's Flurry looked much worse than it actually was.That being said, the fight could have gone differently had Carwin paced himself. But the same could be said if Lesnar found his timing earlier/

Joe Ray Fan site profile image  

7/13/10 7:57 AM by Joe Ray Fan

 Isn't Kongo the French Greco Roman champion (of the world)

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7/13/10 7:52 AM by Sebastiaan

Agree, props to Brock, but I still think hes a joke.

32Hunter site profile image  

7/13/10 4:04 AM by 32Hunter

 Still want Brock to lose but I love the fact he's getting back in the cage so quickly, if he keeps this up I could change my opinion on him.

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7/13/10 2:50 AM by RicePicker

Brock by rape choke