Unlike past Brock Lesnar fights, there really isn’t an intriguing storyline heading into his title defense against Cain Velasquez this Saturday at UFC 121. Rather than talk trash about his opponent or discuss about his miraculous return from a career-threatening illness, Brock has focused on his training camp and evolution as a mixed martial artist.
“Everything is in line,” Lesnar said during a conference call to promote the event. “Right now, I’m as lean as I’ve ever been. A lot of guys always say they’ve had a good camp before a fight, but in this sport, you have to keep evolving and I’ve gotten better and better. I’m still not there yet, but on Oct. 23, I’m going to be the best I can be.”
“A lot of it can be attributed to focusing in on my dieting and eating clean,” said Lesnar. “I’ve also been in the gym for a longer time and have had a quick turnaround for this fight. I was only out of the gym for a couple of weeks before I started getting ready to fight Cain. I’ve seen a lot of success with peaking at the right time in the last couple of camps I’ve had.”
“You have to come into any title fight ready to go five rounds,” said Lesnar. “I’m training to go 25 minutes, not seven like I did against Shane Carwin, and you have to be. The two things I can control when it comes to Oct. 23 are my conditioning and how well I show up for this fight.”
“The way heavyweights are now, you have to train to be the best in all phases of the game,” said Lesnar. “You have to be well-rounded to succeed, and both of us understand that. Cain’s a well-rounded guy who does a lot of things well, but I’m coming to win. He’s facing someone unlike he’s ever faced before.
“I can’t make any predictions about where the fight will take place, but that’s the beauty of the sport,” Lesnar added. “It’s not just one discipline. I will say this, though. I’m going to take it wherever I need to take it to win.”
Meanwhile, Cain Velasquez acknowledged that he’s never faced anyone with Brock’s attributes, but he isn’t going to let that stop him from winning the UFC heavyweight title.
“I definitely haven’t faced anybody else of his size, his athletic ability, his power,” Velasquez said on a media call for UFC 121 last week. “All I can do is just train as hard as I can at the gym, get as many sparring partners that I can that are good wrestlers and make the best of it. I definitely feel confident in my abilities.”
“I just watched film and tried to change for (Lesnar’s) style of fighting,” Velasquez said. “With every fight, everyone will be different – you’ve got to change for every style of fighter. It’s not one thing – it’s a lot of things. He brings a lot of things to the table, and I look at all of them.”
“All my dreams of being in this sport (are) of holding that title,” Velasquez said. “I just want to be the best in the sport.”
Pretty standard-issue stuff from both fighters. Boring, really. In fact, the only thing that’s created any controversy this week has been how the UFC has played the nationality card and promoted Cain Velasquez as having the opportunity to become the sport’s “first Mexican heavyweight champion.” Surely, Brock at least had something to say about that. Actually, yes, yes he did.
“Listen, when I get done whooping your ass, I’m gonna do drink a Corona and eat a burrito just for your Hispanic heritage. How about that?”
Now that sounds like the Brock Lesnar we all know and love (to hate) — the Brock who breaks down doors, insults company sponsors and flicks off fans. Unfortunately, that Brock Lesnar doesn’t show up quite as often as he used to anymore — meaning no special ring entrance in honor of Cain’s heritage on Saturday — but hey, it’s comforting to know he’s still there.
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