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UFCs big 'gamble' on Brock Lesnar at UFC 81

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"I'm going to stay in his face and control him. I can guarantee I'll be in better condition than Mir.... Frank Mir is a black belt in jiu jitsu. I've been training a lot in jiu jitsu, and a lot of jiu jitsu defense and a lot of striking and defense. My wrestling workouts have taken a back seat because I did that for 18 years.... Anybody can get knocked out in this sport if you get hit with the right punch with the size of the gloves. I don't have a weak jaw, but if you get hit in the right spot, anybody can lose. You just try to lower the odds of being in that situation. If I can avoid that, I can win a lot of fights."

Dave Meltzer does a fine job outlining the match up between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" on February 2 and what it could mean for business if he wins or loses. Lesnar apparently signed a very large contract, which means that the UFC is not going to waste its time (or money) building him up against cans if the experiment doesn't work out. Right now the sportsbooks favor Lesnar (-145) to win in his Octagon debut -- get in on the action now over at before that line tightens if you think Mir can pull this one out.

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