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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.