Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lensar, UFC 121, 23 October 2010
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar is one of my most memorable UFC fights. Two of the most dangerous fighters in the world. Brock Lesnar, the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion. Cain Velasquez, a ferocious fighter who is tearing through the heavyweight division.
At UFC 121, Cain Velasquez meets Brock Lesnar to challenge for the UFC Heavyweight title. As Brock Lesnar prepares to walk out, the stadium goes dark. The distinct, disturbing, and disconcerting sound of destruction in the form of Enter Sandman starts to play. The boos turns into roars. Fight fans know that one of the most dangerous and most dominant heavyweight champions has entered the arena.
Pacing the cage and waiting for the Viking is Cain Velasquez. An absolute animal in his own right with unforgiving pressure and unbelievable heart.
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar is finally here and fight fans around the world are prepared for a clash of powerful giants.
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Say what you want about Brock Lesnar. Unrefined, unapologetic, undefeated as a champion. He was always criticized as not being a true MMA fighter and only able to achieve his wins through his considerable size advantage. It can also be argued that Brock Lesnar was brought into the UFC to help draw audience to the sport and revive the heavyweight division. Because of this, Brock was fast-tracked to be a title contender when usually it takes a fighter at least 2-3 years of being undefeated. In fact, I was one of those critics! I never believed Brock Lesnar was a legitimate MMA fighter. He has an unbelievable work ethic, an incredible high school and wrestling background, and enormous physical strength and size. But he’s not a legit MMA fighter.
Compared to other heavyweights like the Noguiera brothers, Randy Couture, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett. These guys were students of the game. Learning, creating, contributing, embodying the sport. Brock didn’t have Jiu Jitsu, he didn’t have boxing, he didn’t have karate, or tae kwan do. He had his wrestling, he had his athleticism, and he had his size.
But we cannot deny the fact that Brock Lesnar was the UFC Heavyweight Champion. To get there, he punched Heath Herring into oblivion. He caught and KOd Randy Couture with an elbow. He overpowered and TKO punched Frank Mir into defeat. He survived an early onslaught from Shane Carwin to come back via Arm-Triangle. Although most of these wins can arguably be as a result of his size and strength, Brock Lesnar found himself in the ring with some of the most accomplished and dangerous heavyweight fighters MMA had to offer. It was questionable whether the heavyweight division could produce a fighter that could challenge Brock Lesnars strength and size as he endlessly improved his MMA skills.
Cain Velasquez joined the UFC in 2008 with his 3rd professional fight. He established his power and his rising dominance by defeating his first three opponents via TKO. Cheick Kongo was supposed to be Cain’s first big test. Cheick was on a little bit of a streak of his own with a decision win over Cro Cop, and three TKO wins in a row. By fighting Cheick and Cain, the UFC was trying to see which one of these fighters would get the next title shot against the winner of Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir at UFC 100. This fight did turn out to be a true test for Cain. Cheick the former kickboxing champion dropped Cain twice in the fight. Cain did win the fight via unanimous decision using by using his wrestling and pressure game.
But this was the first time going against a world-class striker, and it exposed some weaknesses in his stand-up.
Cain went back to the gym to improve more and more. His next fight against Ben Rothwell. Finished him in the second round. Cain was building himself to be in contender status. His next fight at UFC 110 was against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The winner of this fight would get a shot at the title. Cain finished Big Nog via TKO towards the end of the first round.
Cain entered the cage in 2008. Fight fans could see that they had an absolute animal on their hands. In two years, Cain tore through the heavyweight division to earn a title shot against one of the most dangerous and monstrous heavyweight champions in UFC history.
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar
The anticipation, the suspense, the impending clash of two ferocious beasts. Critic or not critic, fight fans were drooling for this fight.
At the center of the stage, the fighters meet. Herb Dean goes through the rules but nobody is listening to him. Brock has a sizable difference over Cain. The camera is fixed on Brock’s skull tattoo that covers his back as he makes his way back to his corner.
The fighters burst out of the gates, Brock circles the cage and charges for Cain. Any other man would have needed to change their pants. He couldn’t take Cain down with the charge but gets it a couple seconds later. Cain pops back up to his feet and Brock ties him up against the cage.
Fight fans know that Brock has the size advantage but Cain has phenomenal cardio. Brock is using his wrestling but Cain counters with wrestling.
The monsters collide in the center of the cage, Cain goes for a take down, gets Brocks back and rains some effective and accurate ground and pound from the back. Brock tries to get away but ends up doing the most memorable and most ridiculous cart-wheel like sprawl across the cage. Brock is in trouble and everyone knows it. Cain chases after Brock and lands more accurate punches. A knee to the face. The fight is over but Herb Dean hasn’t called it.
Cain lands more shots with Brock on the ground. I am shocked to see the monster Viking go down. I am satisfied to see my critic theory proved correct.
The fight is done, we have a new champion.
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