Comprido talks about Cain VelasquezPosted on July 12, 2010, 03:59 AM by David Saucier
On October 23 in at the Honda Center is Anaheim California Brock Lesnar will put his UFC heavyweight title on the line against unbeaten AKA heavyweight Cain Velasquez at UFC 121. After Brock’s submission victory over Shane Carwin at UFC 116 Brock made references to his trainer Comprido at the post fight press conference for teaching, and working on that, and other submission with him. If you are wondering who Comprido is he is Brocks BJJ coach and has thought about Brocks next opponent Cain Velasquez.
Brock’s BJJ coach Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros has stated his respect for the skills the Cain will bring into the fight.
Cain is a JUCO national champion, and a two time All-American during his time spent at Arizona State University.
Here is what Comprido has to say about Cain.
“Cain Velasquez is a great fighter; he has a great level of muay Thai and wrestling,” Medeiros said. “I’m confident in Brock, and I think he’s the best heavyweight in the world. We’ll outline a strategy, make a plan and train, and I’m sure we’ll win this challenge. It’s a big challenge. Velasquez is an excellent athlete.”
In reference to the first round in the Carwin fight, as well as the fight as a whole Comprido said.
“The important thing is teamwork,” Medeiros said. “Don’t forget that if he had not trained his boxing, perhaps he could not have withstood such punishment. If the guy’s wrestling wasn’t there, he could not have taken down his opponent and would not have had the opportunity. It’s teamwork.”
“This time, he made the training camp a little longer, with some intervals,” Medeiros said. “The camp typically lasts two months, but he made it four months. I thought this position would marry well with his game. It’s a position I’ve been practicing a lot with students in my gym in Chicago.
“We always have to be careful when we’re working with a top athlete, because there are tendencies with all coaches,” he added. “I want the submission. The boxing coach wants the knockout. The muay Thai coach expects low kicks and knees.”
When Lesnar fell ill in 2009 it was unclear if the 33 year old would return, but Lesnar recovered and got back to fighting shape. Comprido gave his thoughts on the recovery process stating.
“First, he changed his eating habits and became a lighter but much stronger fighter,” Medeiros said. “Second, he recognized that he could change his lifestyle. This gave him the motivation to continue fighting and seek new challenges. I think it all came together in his head when he was being punished by Shane Carwin.
“Shane is a great opponent,” he added. “He has an impeccable record and defeated great fighters like Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir. It was a great challenge and a great victory.”
To wrap up his comments Compridos said this about Brock’s MMA and real world persona
“Brock Lesnar is a 260-pound UFC champion,” he said. “He doesn’t need anyone to defend him, and I’m not defending him because I train him. I can only speak about what I see, and I don’t relate to people with bad character. Brock is a very respectful guy. He’s a great person and very attentive. He’s attentive to the team, cares about everyone and always asks us what we need.
“He doesn’t like to talk to the press and has reservations about the way the public perceives him, as would anyone,” Medeiros added. “When you’re with your family, you don’t want anyone sticking a camera in your son’s face. At the time of a fight, you don’t want to stop and talk or give autographs. People have to understand that.”