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Brock Lesnar: ‘I Don’t Know If You Ever Get Used To Taking Punches’

It’s no secret that Brock Lesnar’s biggest weakness is his inability to take a punch. Thus, it’s no surprise that heavy-handed Junior dos Santos intends to target Lesnar’s “weak chin” when they meet on June 11 at UFC 131. Dos Santos told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani earlier this week just that and added that he has the ability to shut down Lesnar’s biggest strength – his wrestling.

“He’s a wrestler, so he feels uncomfortable when people throw punches on him,” dos Santos told Helwani. “I think his fight against Cain Velasquez shows good things for me, because I think he’s got a weak chin. I will try to use that, try to throw some punches and…try to use my boxing.”

“My wrestling is very good and I think it will be hard for him to put me down. I will be very prepared. I will be in shape. I have to be one hundred percent in that fight. If he tries to put me down – for sure, he will try – but I will get up and keep the fight [standing]. That’s my way to win the fight. I’m looking for the knockout all the time.”

The good news for Lesnar fans is that Brock’s fully aware that getting punched in the face is his kryptonite. The bad news is he doesn’t seem all that confident that he’ll ever get used to it. Instead, he intends to shore up his striking to minimize the opportunities for his opponents to send him flying across the cage. From a recent episode of TUF 13 Aftermath via ProMMANow:

“Obviously as a fighter you want to keep continuing to evolve, and I think as my fights have evolved I have faced guys with better boxing skills and it’s an area I definitely need to work on. As far as learning… I don’t know if you ever get used to taking punches, but that’s not the problem. The problem is all my other assets have been farther ahead of the game and this is one we’re going to have to keep lagging along and not get frustrated and understand I got to get better.”

Even if Lesnar’s striking does evolve, the problem is there’s not enough time to get it where it needs to be before he meets the man with arguably the best hands in the heavyweight division. Lesnar is going to have to rely on his takedowns to put JDS on his back and control the fight from there. Otherwise, if JDS is able to stuff Lesnar’s takedowns like he says he can, it’s probably going to be a short and painful night for Brock Lesnar.

  • luckiethirteen

    Sorry fanboys but Lesnar is a bitch.
    The punches are real here buddy!

  • Chiggs1

    JDS? Best Boxing/Hands in the HW Division??? While he may be ONE of the Best, he definetly isnt THE Best. Ubereem takes the lead, Carwin is right up there as well, and cant forget Crocop or Arlvoski even thou theyre both on a skid lately…Even still, JDS by KO in the 1st or 2nd for sho!!

    • Scottm2929

      in my opinion he definetly does have the best hands in the HW division if not the best in all of the ufc. you will agree after he kos lesnar and cain

    • Everythingelse

      Are you honestly trying to convince people that JDS has better striking then Overeem?! Overeem is the K1 world champion, if you didn’t know, that’s the title given to the best striker in the world!

      • Etkj

        he didnt say striking dumbass. he said the best hands. JDS has arguably better hands than Overeem. Kicks? Knees? Definitely not. Hands? Hmmm its definitely debatable.

  • Cowboy1

    I’m not even a brock fan but he’s going to smash JDS D 1 wrestling vs strait up stand up makes a bad fight. Cain is a D 1 stud and got taken down twice but used his wrestling skill to stand back up just like you can’t learn to box over night you can’t learn to stop a stud like brocks take downs Round one or round two brock goes gorilla on him…. Cain beats brock 9/10 times JDS beats Cain 6/10 time Brock beats JDS 8/10 time IMO

  • Omgfishyfishy

    well people seem to think that 1 tko loss to cain and brock can no longer win a fight, imagine that he controlled cain on the ground a little better and it would probably be a unanimous decision for brock, and then it would’ve been jds v brock for the title, which 6 months ago no one was giving jds a hope in hell.. apart from a punchers chance i’m still not

  • Play_that_drum

    I just really dont understand why people are really gonna sit behind there computer and talk crap about brock not having a chin and not getting over his ONE tko loss…there are plenty of fighters and i mean plenty who have lost via TKO and KO but you never hear them being bashed. Wanderlei silva has been knocked out several times but hes always there for a fight….it dont mean he has a weak chin. I agree with cowboy. wrestling is the hardest skill to learn in mma. junior dos has no chance in hell at learning it quick enough to be able to stop the takedowns. brock will more than likely be doing big big slams on junior. That will casue junior to be lost and forget his game plan. Not only that..but if brock can get the fight to the second round. he will have junior. Becasue lets not forget. junior fought nelson who has good cardio for as big as he is and junior was gone. Brock has got very good cardio believe it or not for as big as he is and i see him lasting alot longer than junior cardio wise. Brock by TKO second round or des.

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