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Cain Velasquez' camp American Kickboxing Academy had been very reluctant to rush him into title contention, but the win over Ben Rothwell has them thinking their fighter is ready to challenge for the title. This opens up the question, what do they think of the Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin title fight at UFC 106? Sherdog finds out:
For me, standup is a tossup," said the 27-year-old heavyweight contender. "They both have a lot of knockout power. I think it could go either way in the standup, but I think Brock has the better wrestling and I think he can take the fight where he wants to take it, and if he does, I see him as the winner."
As for how Cain stacks up against the two top heavyweights, his head trainer Javier Mendez says:
"[Lesnar] is an extremely hard fight for us," Mendez said. "We're going to definitely have to win the standup game and the kicking game. And then the wrestling, the size of Brock could potentially neutralize us, but Cain's cardio is going to neutralize him, so it's going to be a really, really interesting fight."
"Should Carwin get past Lesnar, it's going to be a little different fight," Mendez said. "We can't attack the same as against Lesnar because Carwin is to be respected because of his incredible power, and his wrestling is top notch also. We will have to take a different path because he is a different fighter with different strengths."
Sherdog also reports that it's quite possible that Velasquez will fight for the UFC heavyweight title in April 2010 in Mexico City.