Eric Paulson, one of Brock Lesnar’s trainers, talks to FightHubTV.com about Brock Lesnar’s last title fight against Shane Carwin and his upcoming fight against Cain Velasquez. Paulson seems to recognize just how dangerous Cain can be on the feet, but also thinks Brock’s size is going to give him problems. Transcription via MMA Mania:
“What Brock needs more than anything are good sparring partners that can kickbox and grapple, so he’s gotta get some guys in his camp that can actually throw down with good striking, good takedowns, good takedown defense. I’m sure the goal for that camp will be to bring some good strikers in. [Velasquez] is real tough, there’s a big size difference between Brock and him though, the power factor. He’s a good qwrestler so he can actually stop stuff, get out of stuff, but I don’t know if he’s used to going with someone as big and powerful as Brock.”
It’s an interesting question, can Cain Velasquez’s immense talent and skill overcome Brock Lesnar’s size, strength and athleticism? At this point, I’m going to say yes, my gut feeling is Velasquez has what it takes to beat Brock, but I reserve my right to change my pick when the fight approaches. It’s such an intriguing match-up, it’s really difficult to say until the fight gets closer.
While we’re on the subject of Cain Velasquez and his talent level though, here’s an interesting fact for you. Dana White signed Cain after watching him workout in a private training session. He never even saw him fight. Velasquez in an interview with GracieMag.com:
How did the opportunity to fight in the UFC come about?
I had two fights on my CV and wanted to fight in other shows before going to the UFC, to get some experience. But It was really hard to get fights with other organizations, so my manager said: ‘We haven’t fought in a long time, we can’t wait any longer. It’s time to call up the UFC.’ He made the call, made Dana White an offer and we went to Vegas. We took two fighters with us and Dana watched me standing with those two fighters and doing Jiu-Jitsu with another two heavyweight athletes. He liked what he saw and told me I was in the UFC.