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05-11-2007, 19:01
Brock Lesnar is currently training for an upcoming fight against a yet to be revealed opponent at UFC 81. He took time out from training recently to sit down and field a few question from Andrew Falzon of ESPN.com:
AF: You have an extensive amateur wrestling background. What new skills are you incorporating into your game?

BL: Combat submission wrestling and jiu-jitsu; Iím also working on my stand-up game like boxing, punching and muay thai. Todayís fighter has to be well-rounded. Iíve said it numerous times: I canít rely solely on my wrestling skills. This is a sport where you have to be well-rounded in just about everything.

AF: In an earlier interview you said youíd like to fight Couture and Fedor Emelianenko. Is that something youíd still like to explore?

BL: Back when I made those statements, Couture was the UFC champion and Emelianenko was in talks with the UFC. So right now, Iím going to take it one fight at a time and work my way up to becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

AF: Will fans see a more well-rounded Lesnar than the ďground-and-poundĒ fighter that defeated Min Soo Kim?

BL: I donít know whatís going to happen. Every fight is different and each opponent is different. The opportunity that Kim gave me was he offered me a leg. I took him down, mounted him and ended it with punches. I just want to be prepared that if he offers me an arm, to submit him in that area or if we stay on our feet, to throw a knockout punch.

AF: What has the transition from pro wrestling to MMA been like, with pro wrestling being scripted and MMA being legitimate competition?

BL: Well, it hasnít been much different. My grass roots is wrestling. Iím used to the competitive side of things. I treated my pro wrestling matches as a competition as well. I think thatís what separated me from a lot of different guys. A lot of guys I worked against had probably never even been in a fight or a competitive sport other than football. Other than Kurt Angle and a few other guys.

AF: Youíve said that you feel thereís a ďdark cloudĒ over your head because of your pro wrestling background. Do you think that cloud still exists?

BL: Absolutely; I think thereís still my mystique involved in whether I can fight or not. Thatís why Iím eager to get up on the big stage and prove myself in the UFC. Having said that, Iím sure Iíll pull some people in to become fans for the UFC. The pro wrestling fans are going to be able to watch. Iím trying to do all the right things to prepare myself to become a UFC champion.

AF: What do you say to fans who think youíre in over your head?
BL: Sit back and wait to be proven wrong. This is very serious for me. People donít really understand that yes, I was a pro wrestler. But I was also an NCAA champion and Iíve been training MMA for almost two years now. Itís no different than these other guys who have been training jiu-jitsu for 10 years and decide to get in the fight game. I was an amateur wrester for 18 years. Why wouldnít I qualify for this?

AF: Back in your WWE days, you were nicknamed the Next Big Thing. The UFC is hoping that youíll be just that. Will you be announced as the Next Big Thing in the Octagon?

BL: No, itís just Brock Lesnar from now on.
Brock Lesnar's First UFC Opponent Has Been Agreed Upon
By Jason Perkins | November 04, 2007

Brock Lesnar's first UFC opponent has been agreed upon and should be announced soon according to Dave Meltzer. The opponent was apparently hand picked by Lesnar and is said to pose "significant danger" to him. Sources also indicate that the opponent is a "name fighter" and that it's not Heath Herring, Ken Shamrock, or Brad Imes.
For more inside information on Lesnar click here.

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05-11-2007, 19:27
Leuk interview. Ben benieuwd wie z'n eerste tegenstander wordt en hoe hij het in de kooi gaat doen.

05-11-2007, 19:43
Big Nog?
Dat zou wel een stunt zijn trouwens.

Overigens heeft Big Nog evaring met grote tegenstanders, zoals Bob Sapp.

05-11-2007, 22:38
Zeker geen Nog.
Het wordt UFC 81, 2 February
Arlovski of Sylvia geloof ik. Sylvia heeft genoeg tijd om daarop voor te bereiden.