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New champ Velasquez frustrates, outclasses Lesnar

Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:15 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 7:58 pm
Cain Velasquez pulled a Brock Lesnar on Brock Lesnar Saturday night.

Velasquez became the UFC heavyweight champion with a convincing TKO win over Lesnar at 4:12 of Round 1, causing the live crowd at UFC 121 to go in hysterics cheering for the kind-natured but highly skilled young fighter.

Cain Velasquez (Getty Images) Lesnar was every bit the oversized, overly grumpy and freakishly strong athlete in this fight that he had been in his victories. But another of his more pronounced personality traits is his lack of patience. That came through in a series of awkward mistakes, such as swatting, backfisted jabs and an almost comical stumble across the cage to escape from a takedown.

You can't make mistakes like that at the championship level and expect to remain the champion. Especially not with a guy like Velasquez ready to capitalize on every error. Not only did Velasquez make the best of Lesnar's mistakes, but he also negated the things Lesnar did right. The result was a Brock Lesnar fight in which Lesnar, for the second time in as many fights, played the role of the punching bag.

Lesnar came out fast with fists and knees, including an uncharacteristic flying knee. He established a breakneck pace in the opening seconds against an opponent that figured to have the clear endurance advantage. First mistake.

Lesnar took Velasquez down to the mat, but Velasquez -- himself a stud collegiate wrestler before entering MMA -- scrambled to his feet before suffering any real damage. Velasquez answered with his own takedown, and even though Lesnar escaped to his feet after some fists on the ground, it seemed the psychological damage may have been done. Lesnar's not used to fighting guys he can't hold down, let alone guys who can pop right back up and give him a receipt.

Brute force and elite-level wrestling were not going to be enough to beat Velasquez. Lesnar reacted to this by throwing all form out the window and swatting wildly at Velasquez and trying to muscle his way back into an advantageous position.

Second mistake.

Velasquez was known before the fight to have the far better striking technique. Lesnar may or may not have possessed the heavier hands, but that doesn't matter. Both men hit hard enough. Velasquez clearly hurt Lesnar with a knee, and from there, Lesnar went into full-on retreat mode.

Velasquez threw strikes. Lesnar covered up. He simply did not have the skill or strategy to quickly adjust to Velasquez's onslaught. As a result, we have a new UFC heavyweight champion, with a perfect 9-0-0 MMA record and a whole lot of upside.

Velasquez is only going to get better, folks. Ponder that for a minute.

As for Lesnar, there will be those who claim he was exposed by this loss. If you didn't realize he was green before, then yes, this loss probably opened your eyes a bit. But Lesnar was never known for being well-rounded.

What worked for Lesnar up until Saturday night were his size, strength, wrestling ability and incredible self-confidence. Save for possibly that last one, Lesnar still has all of those attributes. And that's still more than enough to earn victories over just about anybody other than Cain Velasquez. This is not the end of Brock Lesnar, title threat. Champions need contenders. Until somebody else can do to Lesnar what Velasquez did, Lesnar will be that guy, sooner or later.

But right now, it sure doesn't look as though anybody can beat Cain Velasquez at his best. And at 28, he's just getting started.


Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:11 pm

New champ Velasquez frustrates, outclasses Lesnar

wow i didnt see coming. everyone made brock seem invincible but that must have been embarrassing. i wonder if he wants a rematch or would even get one since it wuz so lopsided. it will be interesting to see if he will respond. in the wks going into the fight it sounded if he wuz too cocky.. he showed no respect for cains striking. that wuz a bad beatdown.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:56 pm

New champ Velasquez frustrates, outclasses Lesnar

Did you and your "friends" ever think Lesnar was good? He was and is just a big strong guy that isn't a very good fighter. He had no chance in this fight at all. But you know what? He could kick you and your friends arse all at once so don't laugh too hard. You just make yourselves look stupid.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:02 am

New champ Velasquez frustrates, outclasses Lesnar

No, that was the short left hook that dropped Lesnar twice, and made him do a 720 pirouette in between. He was half trying to escape, and half reeling. I just think that even Carwin coming in made Lesnar Turtle and throw blind punches. I've always thought Lesnar cannot fight standing period. Get set, show some movement,jabs, and just exchange smartly, Lesnar's awful stand-up will eventually show, but badly. Tonight Cain knocked Lesnar out, and me and my whole living room full of buddies. We were all on the floor laughing so hard, it was hard to breath. Lesnar looked ridiculous from the opening minute, then when the 280 pound bearded freak started reeling, and taking a whipping we could not stop laughing. LOL. That was worth its weight in gold. Dos Santos will do the same to Lesnar.

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