UFC 121: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez Fight Picks, Predictions & Odds: It’s almost hard to believe that once upon a time, the UFC’s heavyweight Division was the most lackluster class in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s structure. But since the arrival of undisputed heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, the UFC’s biggest class has grown to a monster size.
Speaking of monsters, UFC 121 will consist of one of the most exciting and competitive heavyweight championship fights ever, as sports betting odds favorite, (5-1-0) Brock Lesnar [-155 ML] tries to defend his title against No.1 contender, (8-0-0) Cain Velasquez [+125 ML].
“Everything’s in line,” Lesnar said. “I feel I’m right on and I’m as lean as I’ve ever been. Guys say they’ve had good camps and I can go back and say every camp has been my best camp, but I really think so. I’ve gotten better and better and better and I really don’t think I’m still the best that I can be, but on October 23rd, on that night I’ll be the best.”
After rising to the UFC’s heavyweight division’s No.1 spot, Lesnar was one of the most disliked athletes in the sport. Criticized by the hardcore fans for his time in the WWE, Lesnar embraced the role of villain, as people paid millions to watch, and hope that Lesnar would fail miserably like Kimbo Slice in the UFC.
“This is what I do for a living,” Lesnar told me in August. “I’m a fighter, and I can't wait to get back in the Octagon. I'm still in great condition from the last camp. I took a week off, and I was right back in the gym. You have to be smart and know your limits, but right now I feel great and I'm hungry. No reason to wait around.”
But if there’s one thing that Lesnar has proven with his time in the UFC is that he is truly a force in the sport, and that his elite wrestling background makes him a handful for anyone that decides to step in the cage with him. The latest man to find out about this was former UFC interim heavyweight champion, Shane Carwin, who was submitted by Lesnar in the second round. After that fight, and his battle with a rare stomach illness, Lesnar sounds like a new man when he speaks about his fighting career.
“I just feel blessed and honored to be the champion,” Lesnar said during a recent interview. “This is my second chance of reinventing myself. I’m a former amateur wrestler, a former professional wrestler, a wannabe NFL football player. And here I am a UFC heavyweight champion. So do I look at it any differently? No. Do I go to bed holding on to my UFC title every night? No. I go to bed, I tuck my kids into bed every night. I don’t have any added pressure on myself. I’m doing what I love to do.”
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