Brock Lesnar was at UFC on FOX on Saturday night (Nov. 12, 2011) as a special guest analyst for the main event title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, which blew the roof off the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
"Cigano" became the new heavyweight champion via first round knockout.
Lesnar, himself a former division champion, tipped his hat to the Brazilian bomber, but had a few questions in the post-fight show regarding Cain's strategy come fight night:
"I’ll tell ya, this heavyweight belt cannot stay in one man’s hands for very long. My hat’s off to Junior dos Santos, but that’s the truth. All it takes is the right punch at the right time and it’s a matter of a minute and four seconds. I was very surprised that Cain was so apprehensive in this fight. To me, it looked like he was trying to feel it out a little bit and I thought, ‘This guy should be pressuring him. He needs to be pressuring him.' Maybe it was a confidence thing. Maybe Cain wanted to come in and feel this thing out, but as it was shown, that was the wrong decision. He has a track record here too. Junior dos Santos is a knockout artist, okay? And I’ll be watching this and analyzing this, but I absolutely thought Cain should have pushed the fight and closed the distance and utilize what got him to the big event: His wrestling."
Lesnar was stopped by Velasquez at UFC 121 just over a year ago and following surgery for diverticulitis, booked his return to the Octagon at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 to face former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem for a shot at reclaiming the belt.
Velasquez now has some battling back to do of his own, with rumors of a knee injury plaguing him two weeks before his return to the cage.
While the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product was coy about the extent of his injuries in the post-fight press conference, a bum knee can spell disaster for a fighter with a wrestling-based attack.
Not to mention he was sidelined for over a year to have shoulder surgery.
Any fight fans out there agree with Lesnar? Or have pundits moved too quickly to criticize Velasquez -- and not give the proper credit to Dos Santos?
What say you?
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