Originally, he was our heavyweight. CB Dollaway, Aaron Simpson, Cain, and myself, all came into MMA together. He's an absolute beast. Even on the wrestling mat, you get a takedown on him and he'll come at you 100 mph until he gets it back. He's definitely a great guy. He has a certain look that some people seem to take the wrong way, but he's just a fun, goofy guy. A great friend.
I think he matches up very well with Brock. He might be taken down a few times, but his tenacity will be the difference maker. In the fifth round, he's going to look just like he did in the first round. Brock might be able to hang for a little bit, but from the third round on, it's going to be all Cain. He'll stay on the outside and pick him apart with his kickboxing, mixing in some takedowns. Once Lesnar gets tired, Cain will take over.
Ryan Bader talks about his former Arizona State University wrestling teammate with David St Martin at SB Nation.
The whole interview is a great read. Bader talks about facing his TUF coach's brother Antonio Rogerio "Little Nog" Nogueira at UFC 119, training with his new gym, and fighting in Australia.