Head coach Marty Morgan brings camp to Lesnar's home

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com
 

Lesnar has publicly credited his head trainer Marty Morgan with most of the improvements in his game. While most fighters go away to training camp, Morgan, a former assistant wrestling coach at the University of Minnesota, essentially brings the training camp to Lesnar. The champ has his own training facility on his Alexandria, Minnesota property.

Morgan examines Lesnar's opponent, then decides who he will bring in that can best help Lesnar prepare for the specific set of challenges that lie ahead.

Like Lesnar, Velasquez was a collegiate All-American wrestler, but Velasquez has quickly assimilated into the striking game. In preparing for Velasquez, Morgan brought in UFC heavyweight Pat Barry and unbeaten Strikeforce heavyweight Shane del Rosario, both of whom have successfully competed in pro kickboxing before transitioning into MMA.

"We both probably understand, at least I do, that we have to evolve," Lesnar said. "He poses threats as a wrestler, he poses threats as a boxer, and we both want to improve on everything. My main focus on this camp is to bring guys to bring me up to another level. You've got to force yourself into situations that you're not going to be comfortable with and that's how you get better."

While some have criticized Lesnar for not widening his net and working with other coaches and partners, he scoffs at such talk, saying that he believes in his coaching staff and would not be comfortable leaving his family for extended periods of time after spending so much time on the road during his brief but wildly successful run as a professional wrestler.

"If I need somebody, they come to my house," he said. "I don't need to get on an airplane and be away from my family. Been there, done that."

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5 o clock shadow site profile image  

10/16/10 11:36 AM by 5 o clock shadow

Quite likely that Nelson was cut from Brock's camp after divulging info about Brock's illness. It's great that Brock kept everyone Nelson introduced him to: Erik Paulson, Comprido, and others. However, it is a shame that Nelson isn't with him any more. IMHO, he is one of the most under-rated coaches in MMA.Interesting note on Marty Morgan: his father and uncle(?) were amateur wrestlers that went on to become pro wrestlers with some knowledge of legit catchwrestling locks and holds. Marty said that they would try to teach them those moves when they were coming up, but they always rejected those techniques because they were illegal and of no use in amateur wrestling. He says it is one of his biggest regrets that he never tapped into that knowledge.fos

Hardcharger site profile image  

10/16/10 9:05 AM by Hardcharger

LOL at that. Should brock bring in MWs? And his little camp in the woods isn't just a collection of whatever farmers and rednecks he can find within a 30 mile radius of Alexandria, MN. He brings in whichever guys he needs to get better, and puts them up in housing near the training facility.As for the "better guys" he needs to work with, would that include Kole Conrad, Pat Barry, and Comprido? Or do they not count?

Daghda site profile image  

10/15/10 11:49 PM by Daghda

CREEDENCE!

strykr619 site profile image  

10/15/10 3:07 AM by strykr619

Yup Brock is not one for playing PR games, if their is issues he won't even address it and ignore the question all together (people are forgetting his famous ESPN interview were he almost raged on the reporter when they kept asking him about steroids). 

DanTheWolfman site profile image  

10/15/10 2:36 AM by DanTheWolfman

interesting thread and info, thanks

frontrowbrian site profile image  

10/15/10 1:25 AM by frontrowbrian

 Marty Morgan is  now the HEAD COACH of the ....... UFC CHAMPION BROCK LESNAR and BELLATOR CHAMPION COLE KONRAD  

frontrowbrian site profile image  

10/14/10 7:05 PM by frontrowbrian

 Interesting thing about the Countdown show for UFC 116, UFC used archived footage with Nelson talking. Nelson wasn't part of that camp. He had already been let go.  Comprido has to be there but Brock doesn't want him on camera. Supposedly when Randy was there, they drilled the arm triangle choke over and over. I wouldn't be surprised if Brock has a trick up his sleeve we haven't seen before from him. 

Mike Chiappetta site profile image  

10/14/10 6:24 PM by Mike Chiappetta

You dont know Brock very well. Brock doesn't do damage control. Does it seem like he minds controversy? At best, if he had issues with Greg he didnt want to talk about, he would've said no comment and moved on.He specifically said there's no problem.

BUFFGEO site profile image  

10/14/10 6:16 PM by BUFFGEO

^ Just sounds like damage control

Mike Chiappetta site profile image  

10/14/10 4:10 PM by Mike Chiappetta

I know this has been rumored but in today's conference call, Brock was asked about Greg Nelson and he said there are no issues between them, that their schedules haven't synced up and that he still considers Greg Nelson a part of his camp. This is directly from Brock's mouth.