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UFC 116 Video Round-Up: Lesnar Says Carwin Poses No Threat to Him; UFC Fighters Weigh In On Main Event


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Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have really stepped up the trash talk in the week leading up to their heavyweight title clash Saturday night at UFC 116.

Prior to this point, Lesnar has been uncharacteristically sedate in his pre-fight posturing Brock got the itch to flip the script and went "WWE" on Shane in the above video.

"I feel no threat by him whatsoever. I don’t feel any threats by anybody."

Considering Carwin has yet to be defeated and has never fought outside of round one in any of his bouts, he may want to consider him a threat.

Cognizant that Lesnar is likely speaking out of his ass, Carwin calls him on the remark as well.

"Brock can talk all the garbage he wants for this fight. When they close that cage and I see Brock across from me, I want to tear him apart."

I know one thing: Somebody is getting hurt in this one.



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Chris Leben, Spencer Fisher, Amir Sadollah, John Hathaway, Dan Miller, Dan Hardy, Gray Maynard and Jon Fitch weigh in on who they’re picking to win the main event Saturday night.



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Sexyama talks about his decision to sign with the UFC and his desire to earn back some respect for Asian MMA fighters.

"Asian fighters have not been successful in the MMA world. So I need to work harder to reach a level where I can show the world that Asians can compete at the highest level. Hopefully that will give my teammates and other Asian fighters courage to compete at the highest levels."




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Chris Leben talks entertaining the fans and stepping up to face Akiyama on short notice.

"When fans pay to watch Chris Leben fight they get what they paid for. I wanna go in there and let ‘em fly and put on a good show. I think I’m gonna’ do a great job. I think I’m gonna’ go in and do what I do, and that’s knock people out and everyone’s gonna’ go home happy. It’s an opportunity that I can’t pass up. If I go out there and win this fight, it’s going to shake things up."

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Keyser Soze- June 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
Lesnar vs. Carwin is a tough fight to call... they're both big and powerful. Lesnar's faster, but Carwin has much more power in his hands. Lesnar likely has the edge in agility, but Carwin has much better jiu jitsu.

Both are primarily wrestlers, but in the octagon Carwin has more experience. The distinguishing factor for me is Lesnar not being able to put away and finish Herring.

Lesnar rocked Herring early, but just couldn't finish it. A title win over a slower, smaller, much older Couture isn't necessarily a good indicator of Lesnar's abilities. If Mir were a smarter fighter and not tried to stand up with Lesnar in the rematch, Mir might hold two victories over Lesnar. Hindsight is always 20/20.

There are two things we really haven't seen in the UFC regarding Lesnar... that being his chin tested, and working from his back. Carwin's got enough power in his fists and the strength to take Lesnar down. If Carwin lands a big flush right or can gain top control, this fight's over.

The more I rationalize over this fight, the more Carwin seems like the favourite to win. Any other opponent, and I'd say this would be a walk in the park for Carwin, but Lesnar's just too big and too fast for a man his size to say he's got no chance.
Frank Mur- June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Is it official yet? Does Chris Leben have severe brain damage? Sexyama gonna beat that fool for a solid three rds and hopefully he never passes another physical.
WandyAxeKick- June 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Carwins only chance for a W is a knockout, which won't happen...because Brock isn't GOING to let it happen. He's an egomaniac but he isn't stupid. Going to be an entertaining fight nonetheless.

Brock by TKO 2nd round ...and Sexiyama will pull out the Kimura for a win ( Leben is badass though!)
floppytall- June 30, 2010 at 11:01 am
@ Post Gang Execution Officer Murphy with the Dan Hardy Philosophy

I would love to see Carwin knock him out but I'd really like to see those two execute/defend a kimura also. The raw strength it would take either way would be insane.
2DaDeath- June 30, 2010 at 10:17 am
Carwin will win by Dim Mak to the stomach in the 1st round. His walkout music will, of course, be "Fight to Survive".
Robocop Didnt Tap- June 30, 2010 at 9:52 am
Carwin by 2nd round omoplata

WILDCARD!!!
Charming Charlie- June 30, 2010 at 9:49 am
While I can understand the urge to add one, "gonna" does not need an apostrophe.

Apostrophes mark a missing letter or letters:
The N and O in "cannot" = can't
The O in "do not" = don't
The G in "going" = goin'

There are no missing letters in "gonna." It is an abbreviation of "going to." It's not short for gonnag.
floppytall- June 30, 2010 at 9:45 am
@ ZombieLove

I agree wholeheartedly with you on Brock's knockout power. He hit Heath Herring with a huge looping from behind the head haymaker of a fucking bomb with his first swing and still just ground out a decision win. Yes it crushed Herring's orbital bone with it but that should have put his head in the upper decks.
Cro mag- June 30, 2010 at 9:35 am
The time has finaly come to find out how good Lesnar really is, this is the ultimate test since Carwin is also a monster. If Lesnar can beat Carwin convincingly then there is no one else in the heavyweight division that can pose a threat to him. That's a scary thought. I can't remember being this amped for a fight in a long time, it's going to be a war.
Carwin TKO second round.
cecils_pupils- June 30, 2010 at 9:29 am
Y'all already know I'm down for Carwin but I'll go a little further and say that I predict a brutal knee to Lesnar's head when he tries to shoot for a takedown - that will be the beginning of the end and will be finished off by ground and pound.
ZombieLove- June 30, 2010 at 9:15 am
*squee*!! This event is using up all the girly squeals allotted to me this month. It's hands down the most exciting card to me since...uh...since....ever? I've been walking around doing my Shane Carwin "knocking people out" impression to anyone who will watch it (ok, like three people) and it goes a little something like this: have arm in an angled position close to the body, move it about six inches, and celebrate the victory as your opponent lies unconscious on the mat. Sure, it lacks a certain pizazz compared to wild, winging punches, but holy shit it takes no time or space at all to fuck people up.

How can anyone say he's an underdog for godsakes?? Brock can't one-punch knock people out. Yeah, he can fuck a face up pretty good, but last I checked he needed a few to get the deal sealed. Or am I remembering how his fights went incorrectly (happens to the best of us)?
joshuan29- June 30, 2010 at 7:07 am
"Lesnar does have the biggest advantage against Carwin's submission game due to his lack of a neck. How the fuck could you RNC or guillotine just a head?"

LMAO

Good point.
joshuan29- June 30, 2010 at 7:04 am
*with the loss it should be easier for Dana to reel him in.

Also, anyone see Dana White going after Overeem next? The damn heavyweight division would never be boring again!
floppytall- June 30, 2010 at 6:59 am
Lesnar does have the biggest advantage against Carwin's submission game due to his lack of a neck. How the fuck could you RNC or guillotine just a head? It's cool though, Carwin will just break Lesnar's jaw so that we won't have to hear all his bullshit for a while.
joshuan29- June 30, 2010 at 6:51 am
It's close but I don't see Brock winning this fight. Look at the records, Brock 4-1
Shane 12-0. Brocks biggest victory was an avenged loss to Frank Mir. Mir never even had Carwin in trouble. Brock is a hell of an athelete. and against some guys that is going to be enough but against a guy that has basically the same atheletic strengths Brock does, it's going to come down to who is the better fighter, and I think that is Shane Carwin.

Brocks ultra powerful, but he's not as good of a striker as Carwin is, plus Carwin actually has some semblance of a ground game and a has a few submission victories, including two by guillotine choke.

I think the interesting thing is, whoever wins the belt this weekend, it's just on loan. The way the heavyweight division looks right now, I don't think either of these guys will get through 2 title defenses. I think both guys could potentially KO Velasquez, but JDS is another story. And with Fedor at the end of his StrikeForce contract, it will much easier for Dana to reel him in. If he wants to fight past 2010, my guess is he finally heads for UFC.
J-Dog- June 30, 2010 at 6:48 am
No matter what happens, I can't freaking wait!!! I hope Carwin wins. Hopefully it will be exciting either way.
floppytall- June 30, 2010 at 6:31 am
@ jizzninja

Couldn't have said it better.
Clyde- June 30, 2010 at 6:02 am
I think Carwin will take it but I don't see it lasting too long. There's too much power on the feet for it to go 25 minutes without someone landing something and if one of them gets a takedown, the other is probably not going to be pulling out a hail mary triangle/armbar/gogo from their back.

I'll go with Carwin. I will pray for it. Don't let me down sleepy time. You wouldn't like me when... wait, I'm no threat to either of them. Fuck. Well, best of Luck Shane.
jizzninja- June 30, 2010 at 1:26 am
I sincerely hope lesnar gets his face broken..and shits the cage
Savageleto- June 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm
I do not think there is this big difference in wrestling... For Teams sure, but not per individual, so you cannot say just because Brock is some sort of mentalist (who thinks that plants hate the sun), and got recruited to a bigger Division school, While Carwin used his brain and decided to opt for the education before the sports, and had success in both.

Carwin is going to be able to match Brock and nullify his stuff enough to make it count, and as we usually see Wrestler vs Wrestler turn into a boxing match...

Look for tea to be served.
2DaDeath- June 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm
Carwin is gonna take this one, fo sho!

Lesnar's been thru too much physically and mentally in a short amount of time. A significant amount of weight change, a near death experience, and ring rust will be too much to deal with come fight night. And not for nothing, but I think Carwin coulda put Brock's dick in the dirt even before the illness sidelined him.
CheckHisPee- June 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm
@ Savageleto: "Shane "Sleepy Time Tea" Carwin *now with Dandelion root extract" - Hilarious!
That having been said, Brock takes this fight. Carwin MAY have the edge with punching power, but Brock has speed, athleticism and stamina on his side. I hate to use something as cliched as "He's a beast", but it suits him right down to the ground. Brock's a Div.1 beast.
Savageleto- June 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm
...And we all know how much Dandelions hate the sun... they probably hate water, soil, Bee's...

Savageleto- June 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm
When Shane punches Brock into a Coma...

His name hence forth shall be known as

Shane "Sleepy Time Tea" Carwin *now with Dandelion root extract
the kid dmassa- June 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm
shane carwin is going to knock brock lesnar out cold as well as the bandwagon fans he brings along with him.
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