(Chin) music to "Cigano's" ears.
Some fighters, like former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and 155-pound contender Clay Guida, have admitted that sometimes they need to see the sight of their own blood before they can reach down and unlock the beast within.
Former UFC heavyweight champion turned Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 13 coach Brock Lesnar is not one of those fighters.
Lesnar, who will try to insert himself back into the division title hunt when he faces opposing TUF coach Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver, doesn't think he'll ever get used to taking a punch.
But he also doesn't think it's the reason he coughed up the strap.
According to his recent appearance on TUF 13 "The Aftermath"(via ESPN.co.uk), Lesnar is "farther ahead of the game" in his other skills, which leaves him running to catch up when it comes to the "sweet science."
"Obviously as a fighter you want to keep continuing to evolve, and I think as my fights have evolved I have faced guys with better boxing skills and it's an area I definitely need to work on. As far as learning… I don't know if you ever get used to taking punches, but that's not the problem. The problem is all my other assets have been farther ahead of the game and this is one we're going to have to keep lagging along and not get frustrated and understand I got to get better."
The artist formerly known as the sport's "toughest S.O.B." is coming off a first round shellacking at the hands of Velasquez, who survived a beefy bumrush at UFC 121 to topple the former WWE star and capture the crown last October.
It was Lesnar's first loss inside the Octagon since serving up a ham-hock to Frank Mir in his Octagon debut at UFC 81 way back in February 2008. He avenged the Mir loss with a July 2009 bloodbath at UFC 100, battering the trash-talking grappler and forcing a first round TKO stoppage.
After a falling out with his lower intestine in 2009, ol' Sword 'N Chest clung to dear life while Shane Carwin beat him like a rented mule at UFC 116, only to come back and steal the submission win when "The Engineer" unveiled his Madame Tussaud-inspired defense.
Now Lesnar can avenge another loss and convince the MMA fanbase that his defeat at the hands of Velasquez was nothing more than a bump in the proverbial road.
But he may have to eat a few punches to do it.