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Cain Velasquez will be on the next edition of Mike Straka’s Fighting Words interview show tomorrow night and it’s seems that the undefeated American Kickboxing Academy product who is preparing to challenge UFC heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar October 23 at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California is prepared both mentally and physically for the fight.
Velasquez says that the biggest challenge in preparing for a juggernaut like Lesnar was finding guys to mimic his power, speed and wrestling skill set, but he feels he is ready.
"I think getting guys his size with strong wrestling credentials [into AKA]
and really getting myself in bad positions and getting out of them. I don’t think it’s a point of avoiding those bad positions; I think it’s getting in those bad positions, getting out of them — really getting comfortable in those bad positions," Velasquez said. "You definitely gotta work on everything. You definitely gotta work on the stuff that [Brock] is really good at."
As far as Lesnar’s little known submission prowess he displayed in his arm-triangle win over Shane Carwin who seemed like he was en route to victory after dominating the champion in the first round of their UFC 116 in July, Cain says he has a few tricks of his own on the ground that he has been waiting for the opportunity to show.
"[His submission game] doesn’t worry me. I think I’m comfortable and confident in those positions that I’m pretty well aware of what’s going to happen if he gets me in that kind of position," he explained. "I know what to do to get out and stuff like that, so getting in bad positions and getting out of them — all kinds of submission holds from the ground — we worked on getting out of them. I’ve worked a lot on my submissions to know what’s bad and what’s good."
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In an interview he did with MMAAthletics host Rachel Leah last week, Velasquez says he plans on mimicking Frankie Edgar‘s gameplan the lightweight champion employed against BJ Penn the last two times he fought "The Prodigy."
"I feel really good about this fight. I got into this sport to fight the best and he’s the best right now. For me for my size…I know he’s a lot bigger and obviously a lot stronger than me. I have to use my quickness and I have to use the distance and just try to be quicker than he is," Velasquez said. "Hopefully with that and with my wrestling, just try to have my cardio up real high. Moving a guy that’s really big…I competed in wrestling so much against guys that were so much bigger [than me] in wrestling that I’m used to wrestling and competing against guys that are a lot bigger. I have to be quicker that night."