After leaving the world of fake fighting in favor of real combat, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has been under fire for his inability to take a punch. The latest to drop his two cents on the subject was Urijah Faber, who believes his talented Team Alpha Male squad could do wonders for Lesnar’s development.
“We’ve all been there, where Lesnar is at,” Faber told ProMMARadio (Transcribed by Yahoo!). “Dude, getting hit is not the coolest thing to have done to you, but it’s not that big of a deal. It takes a ton of sparring and some great defense and a knowledge of what it’s like to get hit, to be able to get used to it.”
Although Lesnar survived an early onslaught at UFC 111, detractors began to dog him for his whirling dervish ways once Shane Carwin’s fists came flying. The criticism came to a head when the former WWE star was mauled by Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 for his crown.
At the end of the day, “The California Kid” claims Lesnar has to make the commitment to becoming a true fighter, which involves getting socked in the face … repeatedly.
“I think he’s going to be a great fighter as long as he decides to do that,” Faber shared. “He needs to get in there and accept ‘Hey, I’m going to get hit and there are guys who are better at punching than I am.’
“He just needs to put in the time like everyone else.”
Lesnar trains at his Team Death Clutch in Alexandria, Minnesota. If the controversial wrestler ever wants to venture out of his comfort zone, there’s plenty of room for the behemoth in Northern California. Especially since Faber’s gym houses a barrage of lighter weight superstars.
“Man, I’d be willing to help him out, if he was really into learning,” the former WEC featherweight champ stated. “I think some simple things that would help him out a lot. He shouldn’t be losing to guys that are 40 pounds lighter than him.”
Lesnar actually only tipped the scales 20lbs. more than Velasquez at UFC 121. However, Faber’s point was made. Lesnar has some work to do and the line between avoiding strikes and breakdancing across the Octagon isn’t quite as fine as it once was.