MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Video: Cain Velasquez Expects Fight With Brock Lesnar to Go Everywhere


(Video courtesy YouTube/ESPN)

Number one UFC heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez was on Friday night’s episode of MMA Live to talk about his upcoming UFC 121 showdown with heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar in October in Anaheim, California.

In the interview, the undefeated American Kickboxing Academy product, who has been sitting out since February waiting for his shot at Lesnar, weighed in on the champ’s win over Shane Carwin at UFC 116, the biggest hurdles he will face going up against a guy of Brock’s size,  strength and wrestling pedigree and the advantages he feels he needs to utilize to pull out a win in the fall.


Here’s what Cain had to say:

About Lesnar’s gutsy UFC 116 win over Carwin:
"I think Brock showed a lot of heart finishing out that first round and weathering Shane Carwin’s ground and pound and stand-up. And coming back in the second round and getting that submission. I don’t think a lot of guys could have survived that first round."

About facing a high-level wrestler the size of Brock:
"When you have somebody that big, that strong and that powerful who knows how to wrestle that well, it’s going to be tough, but I have good training partners and I have guys coming in to emulate his size, strength and wrestling, so I’m doing all the right things to get ready for this fight."

About how he sees the fight playing out:
"I’m expecting to go everywhere in the fight. I’m expecting to do some stand-up, go on the ground, do some wrestling. I for train all my fights that way. I don’t expect him to be one dimensional, but I do expect him to try that shot on me, so I just need to be ready."

About his advantages in the fight:
"I think [my biggest advantage is] having more experience with the stand-up — just being more comfortable with it I think right now. My movement; I think my movement’s really [good] Those kind of things I’m going to put in there and [implement] in my game plan against Brock."

It was interesting to hear Kenny Florian say that Cain may well be "the most skilled heavyweight out there" and Pat Miletich mention that Velasquez’s boxing is the best of any heavyweight on the UFC’s current roster.

Expect an angry James Toney video blog disputing Pat’s claim.

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CheckHisPee- July 14, 2010 at 1:39 am
Brock's fixin to whip Cain's ass too! Still laughing at all the Carwin predictions, although it was about as close as it could get. Also, I'm going on record as saying I don't particularly care for the new "reserved" Brock. Say what you will, whether real or feigned, he was far more entertaining to me playing the heel. Maybe it's just me? Either way, he's the man. Yup, swingin off his nuts like Spider-man off a building.
CheckHisPee- July 14, 2010 at 1:28 am
Brock's fixin to whip Cain's ass too! Still laughin at all the Carwin predictions too, although it was about as close as it could get.
MoTropolis- July 13, 2010 at 11:39 am
Toney has the best stand up in the HW div. Easy.
rophelius- July 13, 2010 at 11:26 am
Velasquez now seems to be less articulate than Tito Ortiz. That's kind of sad.
Eyes red as Fedor- July 13, 2010 at 11:04 am
This wasn't a great strategy for Howard Dean, let's see how it plays out for Velasquez.
Morningwood- July 13, 2010 at 7:42 am
I'll be shocked if this fight stays on the feet more then 1 minute. Maybe Brock can use the Chris Lytle triangle arm bar submission. Then Dana will finally give that move it's sub of the night recognition it deservered the first time we all saw it!
831 Father- July 13, 2010 at 6:35 am
I fell asleep three seconds after Cain began talking. Looks like Brock will have an uphill battle promoting this fight himself.
ArmFarmer- July 13, 2010 at 4:55 am
I think the only thing that can slay the Brocken is the Carwin. I just don't see anyone else being able to deal with his size, wrestling, and athleticism. Maybe Cain will surprise me, but I don't see it happening. I actually like Brock better than Cain anyway.

There was a countdown episode where he really rubbed me the wrong way. All he wanted to talk about was how proud he was of being Mexican and how his dad had to cross the boarder 15 times before he was able to establish himself here. Well Cain, if your dad was trying that hard to get away from Mexico so he could live here then maybe it's really not that great.. you could say something nice about America considering this is where you found your success. I'm not saying he should't be proud of his heritage, but he should be proud and thankful for America too. He never said a word about it during that show, that pissed me off.
Marv- July 13, 2010 at 1:23 am
dear god, give me an interview that doesn't include um.........uhhhhhh.......um.............uhhhhhhh, that was used at least over 20 times over that entire video
RwilsonR- July 12, 2010 at 11:36 pm
Please somebody let PurplePickle do an interview. Asking Cain and his MECHA brethren about annexing Brock's homeland to a country to which they themselves no longer belong would be a great way to elicit some emotion out of StoneFox Velasquez. Por La Raza todo!!!

I think that coming into this fight, the biggest question I would ask them would be:

"Given that you both have such a strong wrestling pedigree, do you think this fight will end up being decided by who has the gayest chest art?"
fACE7biter- July 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm
Its weird what photo negatives these guys are. You got the white redneck stereotype vs. the brown mexican stereotype. Cain has sharper stand up, but Brock won't be hurt on the feet. Simply, if Shane couldn't do it, Cain definitely won't be able to. That leaves it on the ground, where Brock will be bigger, stronger, faster, and will drop the heavier shots.

I like Dos Santos and all,but I absolutely want to see the spectacle that would be Brock Lesnar Vs. Roy Nelson.
DazedNConfused- July 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm
@ Kimbo

I respect your opinion, but if you could just elaborate a little more than a simple no, it would help tons. I'm not saying Cain's going to just one punch Brock the Rock, but it could go into round 2 or 3 for sure. Cain's a beast. Although I do agree that JDS has the superior boxing.

It's crazy to admit that the UFC's heavyweight division is my favorite to watch (mmm maybe 205), compared to how shitty it was when it was simply Arlovski and Sylvia going at it over and over.
PurplePickle- July 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Didn't BG just post an article a few hours ago about obvious questions getting obvious answers? Ask Cain these questions:

Do you consider Minnesota to be part of Aztlan?

Would you be offended if Brock got an Albino Pride tattoo before the fight?

What has the beefier hydraulic system; your lowrider or his John Deere?

Since you are both highly decorated wrestlers, what's the over/under on this fight being a one round kickboxing match?
fiveforfive- July 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm
Cain is not super good at talking.
Joedirt- July 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Jim Harbaugh.... my god I hope somebody tells Toney. He is so entertaining I want him to win for a while so he doesn't disappear.
WAR TONEY!!!!
jgrant- July 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Really best boxing among UFC Heavyweights? Since when did the UFC cut Junior Dos Santos?
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- July 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Expect an angry James Toney video blog disputing Pat's claim.

I can only hope.

Someone needs to inform Toney of Militech's claim.
newdeal- July 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm
Cain has power but not enough. Brock will take him down easily and get the win on the ground because Cain isn't strong enough to get out from under him
BigCountrysCholesterol- July 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm
Yeah, I think Cain is the real deal. Then again, I thought too much was made about Shane's conditioning prior to last weekend's fight, so I should pipe down. I am so pumped that the UFC's HW division is as fun as it is these days.
KimboSlice- July 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm
@Dazed

No.
DazedNConfused- July 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm
+1 for the Brocken reference. haha.

And I believe this fight will be much close than most Lesner die-hards believe.
Almost North- July 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm
If he beats The Brocken I'm going to "Go Everywhere" as well.
RearNakedPoke- July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm
i like Cain, but he cant get the job done either. Shane is the only one really and he will take it i think in the rematch! still like Brock tho
Shrigs- July 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Does it make me cool if I say "First"?

No?

Okay, sorry. I didn't say that then
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