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Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez UFC 121 Preview – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 21st, 2010 by Ian

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez UFC 121 Preview
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UFC 121 will be taking place this Sat. Oct. 23rd at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, California. There are several excellent matchups on the card, with the main event being heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-1) taking on Cain Velasquez (8-0).  It will be Lesnar’s third title defense. His last fight came in UFC 116 when he beat Shane Carwin by a submission. Velasquez beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by a TKO in his last UFC fight at UFC 110 and is unbeaten in the UFC so far.

The 33-year-old Lesnar of South Dakota went through some serious health issues over the past year or two, but has successfully transformed over to mixed martial arts from his previous career in professional wrestling with WWE three years ago. He first fought for Dynamite USA and won his only bout before heading over to the UFC back in 2008.

He didn’t do too well in his debut as he lost to Frank Mir by a submission in UFC 81. However, he came back strongly and hammered Heath Herring around the octagon at UFC 87 and earned a shot at the organization’s heavyweight crown.

He surprised quite a few people when he took the title from champion Randy Couture via a TKO at UFC 91. He’s made a couple of defenses of the belt as he beat Mir in a rematch during UFC 100 before beating Carwin in July.

The 28-year-old Velasquez from California also made a successful transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts as he is a former NCAA Division I wrestler. He now trains with the American Kickboxing Academy. Velasquez’s professional debut came back in 2006 and had one fight for Strikeforce and one for Bodog Fight. He then joined up with the UFC crowd back in 2008.

He looked quite impressive at the start of his new career with wins over Jake O’Brien, Dennis Stojnic, and Brad Morris. But his subsequent victories over Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell and Nogueira really saw his popularity rise and earned him a well-deserved shot at Lesnar’s title.

Lesnar vs Velasquez Betting Odds and Prediction

Velasquez probably represents the most complete opponent of Lesnar’s career and the two-time All-American wrestling champ should be heading into this bout with a lot of confidence. Lesnar will probably outweigh him, as Velasquez prefers a lighter weight than the 265 lb. limit to better utilize his speed.

Velasquez should move around as much as possible so he isn’t a sitting duck and throw kicks and punches at the same time. Lesnar will likely attempt to land his powerful right hand and then try to get his opponent down on the deck with a double-leg takedown. Once down, he’ll pound away and try to break Velasquez down, making it hard for him to get back on his feet.

Some people consider Lesnar to be a one-dimensional fighter, but if he is, he’s very good at it. Velasquez needs to stay upright as long as possible, but look for Lesnar to eventually take him down and win it within the distance.

Sportsbook Bodog.com has the odds of a Lesnar win listed at 5/8 and a Velasquez victory at 13/10. A draw is 40/1 and the odds of Lesnar stopping him are 23/20.

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