MMA Quick Hits 4/1/11: Brock Lesnar discusses Junior Dos Santos, Nick Diaz wouldn’t fight a teammate
Brock Lesnar sat down with SI.com and discussed his upcoming bout with Junior Dos Santos. “Junior is a stand-up guy. Heavy handed. He’s got heavy hooks, and a hell of an uppercut. It’s a no-brainer. We’ve got to avoid those things, and we’ve got to fight this fight straight down the center. Obviously I’m going to win this fight on the ground, I believe. That’s the nuts and bolts of it…There hasn’t been anyone in UFC that I haven’t taken down, you know? There isn’t one man that I haven’t been able to take down. So I’ve seen nothing dangerous from anybody that I’ve been on the ground with this far, and I don’t see Junior being that guy. It’s plain and simple. He’s going to want to win this fight on his feet, and I’m going to try to win the fight on the ground.” Well, at least he knows how to win. Will he? Time will tell. He needs to train solely in striking, because like he said, no one can stop his takedowns. Cardio and boxing and he might be unbeatable.
During a media conference call, Nick Diaz was asked about the Jon Jones/Rashad Evans feud. “[Jon Jones and Rashad Evans are] not real training partners. They’re like 10 years apart, for one, or something like that. They didn’t grow up training together…I’ve got training partners. I’ve got what works, and what got me there, and that’s my team. That’s a disgusting thought, to have to fight my brother. I don’t even appreciate being asked about that. That’s how I feel about it. They don’t even pay me close to enough money to think about that sort of thing. They pay me way too much money, but not enough, as far as I’m concerned.” I don’t ever take anything Diaz says serious. He’s always taking shots at guys outside his gym. And then he takes every chance to complain that he’s not getting enough money. Boo freaking hoo.
The rematch between Jon Fitch and B.J. Penn will no longer be headed to UFC 132 in July. MMAWeekly.com is reporting that Fitch has been forced out of the event with an undisclosed injury. Well that sucks. I was really looking forward to this fight. How about Carlos Condit vs. B.J. Penn?
MMAFighting.com is reporting that next Saturday’s Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event on Showtime has suffered a casualty to the main card, as Mike Kyle has been forced out of his fight with Gegard Mousasi due to a broken hand. This was going to be a good fight. I fully expected Mousasi to win, but Kyle has some power that could’ve landed. Then it would’ve been a different story.
Rich Franklin said on MMAJunkie.com Radio that he’s eying a summer return to the Octagon, and would welcome a fight at Middleweight or Light Heavyweight, just as long as it’s interesting. Franklin realizes that he’s near the end of his career and just wants interesting, money-making fights. Smart. Had he beat Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 then maybe he’d be making a push at a title shot.