It’s not often you’ll hear an MMA fighter reveal his strategy prior to showtime. However, Cain Velasquez not only shared his UFC 121 game plan for Brock Lesnar, but he opted to do so on sports’ biggest stage.
“In this fight, I’m looking to go everywhere. I’m expecting to box, kickbox with him. I’m expecting to wrestle with him,” Velasquez vaguely told ESPN’s SportsCenter. “I’m expecting to be on the ground with him, to be in bad positions, to get out of those bad positions. To be on top of him, too.
“So I’m expecting to be everywhere in this fight.”
In addition to donning Octagon gold, Lesnar stakes claim to a dominant 5-1 resume and will be riding a four-fight winning streak into the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. So, thanks for providing clarity in regards to the obvious…
“Just seeing him with his stand-up against Shane Carwin [in his last fight], he didn’t look too comfortable,” Velasquez said of his perceived edge. “I know where he wants to take the fight, he wants to take the fight to the ground. That’s where he feels more comfortable, so we’ve devised a game plan around that.”
Ah, now we’re getting somewhere. It appears the prior All-American wrestler isn’t interested in dusting off his Asics and reliving his collegiate wrasslin’ career against the former 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion.
Although Carwin unleashed a vicious barrage of strikes on Lesnar at UFC 116, the former WWE stud surprisingly survived the 1stRound assault to collect a dramatic come-from-behind victory. Despite the fact no heavyweight had ever shown that kind of perseverance against Carwin, Velasquez believes he’s got the goods to get the job done.
The 28-year-old owns a perfect 8-0 mixed martial arts record, with seven of his wins ending in vicious TKO fashion. While the chances of this scrap going the full 25 minutes are remote, Velasquez has prepared for the worst nonetheless.
“I’m expecting a five round war for this fight, so I’m definitely ready,” he emphatically stated.
Please click the media player below to watch Velasquez’s interview with ESPN: