Two-time Olympic-level wrestler Daniel Cormier, who has been helping prepare Cain Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) for his fight with heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar tonight at UFC 121, thinks so:
"You can't really find many guys like Brock because he's such a big, fast and explosive wrestler, but what Cain has already is that he's a good wrestler. So we touch on the things that he's good at already and then we implement different techniques because skill will always out-do muscle. We've been working on his skills, trying to lock some things down and make sure he's ready in all areas. I think we've got that accomplished.... We're going to scramble. We're going to make him wrestle. We're going to make [Brock] fight from all positions. It's going to be a tough fight, a long fight, but we're not going to lay under him like a lot of guys have done so far. We're going to take the same approach Randy [Couture] took and get right back up if he does take us down. We're prepared for everything. And like I said, skill will take over power a lot of times, and we've worked on the skills that we need to incorporate into this fight."
The gameplan seems like a good one ... on paper. But everyone seems to think they have a good plan until they get punched in the face. If Velasquez can avoid the takedowns and brutal ground and pound of the powerful champion, can he secure an upset victory? Or is Brock just the exception to the rule, so different that he able to impose his will no matter how fast or strong his opponents? Let's hear it, Maniacs, once and for all. It's almost that time!