It appears Brock Lesnar is the latest to jump aboard Cain Velasquez’ overflowing bandwagon. The UFC heavyweight champion recently gave the up-and-comer props for his 1stRound knockout win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 and said the American Kickboxing Academy-trained fighter has earned a shot at his title.
“Cain has proven himself, he’s beaten some guys with credibility and I wouldn’t have a problem stepping in the Octagon with him,” Lesnar told KFAN Sports Radio AM 1130. “He’s a former wrestler from ASU, former Division 1 All-American with some good hands.
“He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with.”
Prior to Lesnar’s emergence onto the UFC scene, the heavyweight division was clearly the organization’s biggest sore spot. The lack of depth, personality and excitement had fans praying they would never again be forced to watch Tim Sylvia fight Andrei Arlovski for the umpteenth time.
Lesnar finally made his debut at UFC 81 in February 2008 and the division hasn’t looked back. Although he dominantly dawns gold around his waist, the former WWE star isn’t trying to take credit for the barrage of 265-pound talent that suddenly emerged after his arrival.
“I think it’s great,” Lesnar said of the revamped roster. “Finally there’s a heavyweight division that people are talking about. It’s not just talk about Brock Lesnar or the Randy Couture’s. It’s always good to have a melting pot of heavyweights that are capable of challenging the champions. I think it’s good.”
Frank Mir and Shane Carwin will battle for the interim title at UFC 111 on March 27th in New Jersey. The UFC’s ideal scenario would have a healthy Carwin/Mir winner unify the belt against Lesnar later this summer. However, if the victor gets too banged up, Velasquez would step-in and get the next crack.