Gladiador Increíble – El Matador – and “Atleta Nuevo”: Cain Velasquez: The new UFC heavyweight champion after pulverizing Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.
He came in like a collegiate athlete, Cain Velasquez that is, against a mountain of corn-fed manhood – Brock Lesnar – and outboxed and out-wrestled the self-proclaimed “meanest son of a bitch” before the referee stopped the UFC 121 headliner towards the end of the first round. It was like an eerie repeat of UFC 116 with Cain playing the part of Carwin. What was definitively different was the outcome at 4.12″ of the first round. Cain did not gas. He was unrelenting in his pin-point pummeling and relentless take-downs of Lesnar in answer to Lesnar’s first couple of attempts. (Lesnar had charged Velasquez from the opening seconds and taken Cain down to no effect as Cain got up and turned the punching and takedown tables on Brock.) Before long, Lesnar was running around the octagon like a drunken sailor – the unmistakable effects of heavy hands whose impact had escaped the naked eyed. Cain smelt blood and piled on and felled Lesnar once again with a knee followed by a blow to the left temple reminiscent of Lesnar vs Couture.
With just over an hour before the punch-up between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin in UFC 121, we have made an alternative reassessment of Cain’s chances on an inspired whim fired by a sense of presentiment. From a head stand-point it feels like a long shot but it is very possible: Cain has a puncher’s chance of winning this fight. It would be all in the timing; a stunner of a blow (don’t taze me bro!) followed by well placed blows in the clinch or the ground for the finishing coup de grace.
It’s a long shot, but its possible – just like Mir’s leg lock against Lesnar was possible in UFC 81.
Gladiador Mejor - El Matador - Cain Velasquez. Could UFC 121 turn into a UFC 81 redux?
A David vs Goliath Match-up: Cain Velasquez is entering UFC 121 with more weight on his shoulders than he should rightfully be bearing: what he describes as the hope of millions of Latino fans for a Mexican heavyweight champion. Brock Lesnar, the self-acclaimed “meanest son of a bitch” stands alone against his doubters. That weight – the weight on Cain Velasquez’s shoulders can make or break fighter. Tonight is gonna show us what it will do to Cain vs a man who thinks he has a thing or two to prove a world he has already flipped off. Continue reading
“Mir” being used as a verb in this case which means taking
down, mounting and utterly dominating (Cyberaxis)
The technical pyrotechnics were missing as we had expected but the fight very much lived to its spectacle billing for the 7:19 minutes the fighters traded leather. At about 2 minutes of the second round – Brock Lesnar, who had come within seconds of being “counted out” after a merciless pounding by Carwin – took Carwin down and then mounted him the way he did Frank Mir in UFC 100. After manhandling him a little he slipped an arm triangle choke on Carwin’s supine form and started to choke him. THIS was manly business – virtual killing in mundane time – boys need not apply. Fans and even Carwin himself didn’t realize the gravity of what was happening until the cinch tightened and an already spastic Carwin was struggling for dear breath. Reality check time. Carwin tapped out at 2:19 minutes of the second round.
Shane Carwin ascendantly overpowering in round one pummels Brock Lesnar into a cowering mess (priceless montage) before the reversal of fortune in round two where Lesnar turns the tables on the Carwin and chokes him into a stunning submission. File this one under virtual upset! The rematch is gonna be MONSTROUS – and Lesnar WILL NOT take any chances this time. (Photo – Eric Jamison – Associated Press)
MMA fans the world over erupted in belief and disbelief. Those on pacemakers were in clear danger of succumbing to what Terence McKenna called “death by astonishment.”
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Brock Lesnar may have nothing personal against Shane Carwin but that's not the way it's gonna look come Saturday night's UFC 116.
UFC 116 is close enough for people to channel Brock Lesnar’s process. If they do it right, the will come to the realization that come fight time, Brock Lesnar will try to make an example of Shane Carwin – not because he hates the man – but because figuratively he represents detractors and haters who, unlike Stuart Smalley, think he is not good enough, smart enough or doggone likable.
The strongest felt impulses of mice and men are put out there to be thwarted – but if Lesnar gets his way come Saturday night, he will put a memorable exclamation mark to the most anticipated fight in UFC since the emergence of American MMA from the backwaters of BJJ and vale tudo – and strut around the octagon like he has just pawned the UFC – which may not be that far away from the truth.
If there is a guy who has a key to Brock Lesnar’s psyche it has to be Randy Couture. Reason? His “I’m OK, You Are OK” approach to things; his matter-of-fact, aw-shucks approach to what he has and what other people have. Well, come to think of it, there isn’t a whole lot of people that Randy doesn’t have a key to. Nice guys tend to have that quality about them – so in a sense, this is a story about Randy Couture, the famed Captain America of mixed martial arts.
So what does this have to do with UFC 116? Well, as it turns out Randy Couture is one of the people Brock Lesnar has turned to for training help months/weeks ahead of his UFC fight with Colorado slugger Shane Carwin – which is quite impressive when you consider that this is the case of 290lb behemoth (Brock Lesnar) turning to a wiry 230lb grappler-turned-boxer for advice on how to demolish a proven slugger. At a the mental level, it is deep when you consider the chip Brock Lesnar tends to carry on his shoulder most of the time – the “up yours” attitude that has been his stock in trade since UFC 100.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for Randy because he paved the highway for the wrestler in the UFC …. The good thing about Randy is that he doesn’t carry a chip on his shoulder.” (Brock Lesnar)
Well, no shit Shylock – reference the last part of that quote. That, among other things – seems to the key to the “friendship” or what passes for it between Brock and Randy. We only wish Lesnar could learn something from that quote concerning the antipathy his own chip-on-the-shoulder persona generates amongst the masses and chattering classes. But that is a story for another day.
There, we said it. No hemming or hawing. No ambiguity. Lesnar may be king of the hill of the UFC heavyweight division but he is far from being king of Mixed Martial Arts – and by that we are talking the Randy Coutures or Fedor Emelianenkos of the world. Why? Well because he still needs to prove that he is more than a ground-and-pound hog who beyond collegiate wrestling relies too much on his size, weight and strength to smother his opponents and then pummel them into a bloody stain. One good Wanderlei-Silva-style-slugfest with knees and kicks thrown in for good measure would do it – with doin’ it having to do with equalizing this slop-sided equation; i.e. winning by sheer preponderance of size.
Will Brock Lesnar stand up and deliver at UFC 116 or will he revert to the tried and true; the old ground and pound? We would love for him to surprise us, but we are not holding our breath. Reason? We doubt that Lesnar can take a punch.
First of all, it is clear, upon closer analysis, that the Shane Carwin pummeling and loss did a major number on Frank – a big part of which had to do with the way he set himself up going into this fight (physically, mentally and emotionally) on top of the Lesnar/UFC public relations albatross he hung around his own neck. The fact of the matter – if you analyze the language, body and otherwise – is that he is devastated and not yet out of the woods on this one. Think Rashad Evans after Machida – but with the detritus of his pre-fight antics still in the air. Mir is ultra subdued and this picture is worth a thousand words.
The fact that it took him this long to even talk about his UFC 111 loss speaks volumes about the wallop he took from it. But the humility, whether enforced or not, is a tad more becoming than the unmoored smack-talking before the fight. In certain ways it hacks back to the man Frank Mir could be – the man we praised in the pre-UFC 81 article here. But that is were the commendable stuff ends.
Everything else in this short interview makes little sense. Take your time. Listen to it and then come back. If his breakdown of the fight doesn’t leave you scratching your head, then we don’t know what will. Is the man we once thought of as one of the most cerebral in the octagon a one trick pony reduced to learning one thing per fight?
It became a problem of over-training for one aspect. I was so obsessed with not being taken down . You can see when he shot on me I was so appeased with myself, I said look you can’t take me down. You are an excellent wrestler and I think I was just celebrating mentally saying hey look, I can avoid the takedown. I have improved my game. I forgot about being punched in the face. (Frank Mir to David Stanford, Edmonton, Canada, MMACanada.Net)
A stunning revelation considering that Frank had had to move his head out of the way a couple of times after being hit with sneaky rights in the clinch position. Unbelievable. We think Frank was just talking off the cuff and trying his loquacious best explain away a fight in which he did most things wrong. He cannot win if he goes into fights with one plan and fails to adapt on the fly. He should have realized the danger he was in when Carwin kept roughing up his knees and pummeling his face with sneaky rights in the clinch position. The ultra-relaxed demeanor is what partly got him in trouble when he found himself underneath a hyper-aggressive Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. What gives here? Never let them see you sweat? Sheesh!
Is the big revelation of the interview that he cannot win as a “muscle-head”, and need to take more of his chances as a tactical fighter? Sorry. Been tried before – and by a fighter who is perhaps a better all-round heavyweight than him: Randy Couture. And he fared only marginally better. Ditto the Texas Crazy Horse. Our conclusion? Interviews are not gonna help Frank Mir in the interim. A better PR strategy would be to remain mum and let his fists do all the talking – but that would be like asking Frank to quit gabbing without the benefit of a rehabilitatory half-way house.
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