UFC Quick Quote: 'Cole Konrad is the key to Brock Lesnar's success'

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That's according to MMA analyst Franklin McNeil, who shares a few words from the undefeated Bellator Heavyweight Champion (pictured) on ESPN.com.

Says Konrad:

"There are a few areas in Cain's game where you can exploit some openings, and he's pretty vulnerable for some heavy shots. Some of [the vulnerabilities] stem off his wrestling style in some different positions. I know Brock has worked on those positions extensively. Cain is an athletic, tough dude; there's no other way around it, but he's got some holes Brock is looking to exploit ... [Lesnar's size] will play a huge role. He's 265 pounds, he's solid and it's a big load to carry around. It gets an opponent tired; even if he has good wind, he's going to get tired having that weight that's constantly moving and pulling and jerking at him the whole time. It's a big advantage for Brock. Besides, he's so focused now; his improved diet was just another piece to the puzzle. He comes in every day, and he's on his A-game. He has better endurance every day and he brings it every day in practice. He's in great shape."

Will "The Konrad Factor" come into play against Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in Anaheim? McNeil thinks the experience Konrad has against Velasquez as a collegiate wrestler could be the edge Lesnar needs as they prepare for his Oct. 23 title defense. So how about it, does Brock benefit from having Konrad at his gym on a daily basis? Or will it make no difference since the NCAA and MMA are two completely different animals?

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