Marcos Villegas recently spoke with Erik Paulson (11-4-2), retired fighter, owner of CSW (Combat Submission Wrestling) Training Center in Fullerton, Calif., and well known coach of some of the biggest names in professional mixed martial arts.
Marcos talked to Paulson specifically about his recent work and training of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and got his thoughts on Lesnar’s most recent victory over Shane Carwin at UFC 116 in July.
Paulson talks about Lesnar’s training for the Carwin fight, and the challenges Lesnar faced from having not fought in over a year. He also shares what was going through his mind as a coach at ringside watching Lesnar go through that first round and their instructions to him between rounds one and two.
Paulson said he wrote on a piece of paper before the fight (he still has the paper) that “Brock would win round two/three via shoulder triangle choke.” He said that was the one submission Lesnar trained the most before the fight.
Concerning Lesnar’s next opponent, Cain Velasquez, Paulson said what he feels Lesnar needs more than anything are good sparring partners who can kickbox and grapple. He needs guys in his camp who can “throwdown with good striking, good takedowns, good takedown defense.” Paulson said he has his own ideas about what Lesnar needs as a game plan, and can offer some advice, but ultimately head trainer Marty Morgan will be the one to decide.
Lesnar will defend his title against Velasquez in the UFC 121 main event on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
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