The biggest fight card of the year is only a day away. UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defends his title against Cain Velasquez Saturday night at UFC 121 inside Anaheim, California’s Honda Center.
Lesnar enters The OC as the odds-on favorite to retain his crown, so the onus is on Velasquez to make something special happen.
The question is, what can Cain do to derail the sport’s biggest attraction?
Shane Carwin was by far and away the single greatest threat to Lesnar’s heavyweight title run, and he simply ran out of gas. The heavy handed Carwin showed what pure power can do in the 1stRound, but that appeared to have only awoken the beast. Even Lesnar couldn’t believe he endured the beating he did at UFC 116 to leave with the belt wrapped around his waist.
The UFC’s golden ticket to getting south of the border has several advantages coming into this fight with the champ. Superior striking, speed and most importantly, momentum are all on Velasquez’s side.
You could argue the Mexican-American is coming off his two most impressive victories, with back-to-back finishes over Ben Rothwell and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, respectively. Lesnar, on the other hand, has only been tested once since “miraculously” recovering from his life-threatening bout with diverticulitis.
Although Lesnar has returned a much leaner and meaner version, he’s still going to be packing a considerable size advantage against the undefeated challenger.
The former WWE superstar has simply been too massive for opponents like Randy Couture and Frank Mir, both of whom are former division champions. Velasquez has nowhere near the experience of Couture and lacks the submission abilities of Mir, yet he represents Lesnar’s most formidable foe to date.
Will Lesnar be able to impose his size and strength to retain his title? Or will Velasquez’s superior overall MMA skills carry him to victory?
We’ll find out tomorrow night at 7PM PT/10PM ET.