The first of three UFC Primetime shows featuring the buildup to the Brock Lesnar-Cain Velasquez fight premiered last week on Spike TV and featured a heavy dose of Cain Velasquez.
Episode one opens up in the Silicon Valley, San Jose, Calif., at the “Home of Champions” the world famous American Kickboxing Academy where coaches Javier Mendez, Dave Camarillo and Bob Cook are waiting for the arrival of Cain Velazquez.
“Out of everybody I’ve ever had, he’s the best I’ve ever had,” Mendez tells the audience. “Better than BJ (Penn), better than Frank (Shamrock), better than Cung Le. He has more than all those guys I’ve ever trained, and those are amazing athletes.:
All three coaches go one to talk about Velasquez cardio, with Camarillo explaining that Velasquez’s goes so hard in training that his sparring partners are unable to go the full five minutes with him, and that each partner only goes two-and-a-half minutes before someone else takes their place.
Cook, the strategy coach, continues; “We’re constantly calling up and getting new sparring partners for him because he goes through them. We always tell him “don’t break your toys.””
“You’re going to see Brock Lesnar gets exposed for the first time,” Cook warns. “There is going to be somebody who is a better wrestler, a better striker, a better ground guy, in better shape, and Brock’s not going to have enough to deal with him.
Halfway across the country and in a completely different world, we are introduced to the UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
“I just love to fight and that is all I want to do,” Lesnar tells the camera. “I just love to be a gladiator.”
“In my world there would be a lot less crime and there’d be a lot simpler I think. You take it behind the woodshed and there is a little bloodshed and that’s how things should be worked out.”
With CCR’s “Run through the jungle” blaring, Lesnar’s Jimmy Johns emblazoned Ford pickup pulls up to a small building at a storage facility in Alexandria, Minn. that has been converted into the Deathclutch gym.
“This gym is built for Brock Lesnar,” Lesnar explains. “It is a little hole in the wall gym, there is nothing pretty here. We’re not a public facility. I don’t have people in this gym I don’t want in this gym. This is a business.”
Lesnar introduces us to former University of Minnesota assistant wrestling coach Marty Morgan, his head trainer.
“My specialty is overseeing and bring the right people in to teach the certain things that need to be taught. I have a good schedule and knack for getting people to peak on time, and that is the whole goal here.”
We see heavyweight fighters Cole Konrad, Chris Tuchscherer, Pat Berry and Jon Madsen all helping to prepare Lesnar.
“I’ve got the best training partners, I believe, in the world. These guys would go to war for me. If called them at three a.m. and said ‘hey listen there is going to be some bloodshed boys and I need you at my house in 20 minutes, these guys would show up.
“I don’t train to my strengths, I train to my weaknesses,. What am I not good at?”
Back at AKA, the show talks about Velasquez Mexican heritage. We meet his father, Efrain Velasquez, who came to America to 1975 in search of work and a better life for his family. We see him working in the fields at meet the manager of Dole Farms Vegetables who explains to use that the elder Velasquez worked loading let and that is the hardest job anyone can do.
While watching the younger Velasquez workout at a local track, Cook explains that Effrain’s sacrifice is a constant inspiration to Cain to compete at the highest level.
After a quick look again at Lesnar’s gym we take a trip to Webster, S.D., the birthplace of Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar tells us about growing up working on the farm and the hard work it entailed and then we meet John Schiley, who talked about Lesnar doing work his farm in exchange for money and food.
“He had a hearty appetite,” says Alberta Schiley, John’s wife. “he was such a hungry boy, h ate more than anyone, he grabbed more than anyone. I made one roast for him and I made one roast for the rest of them.
We see some classic pictures and video footage of a much smaller Lesnar’s high school wrestling days, and Schiley talks about how Lesnar didn’t start to grow until his sophomore year, starting out at only 160 pounds in high school and growing into a heavyweight by college.
The show finishes with a look at Velasquez doing the rounds at some latino media outlets, including a radio interview and an appearance on a Univision talk show.
Velasquez explains that it is important for him to do latino media and that he is proud to be one of the few Mexican stars.
The show wraps with a look at both men and we are one week closer to their epic battle. If you missed the episode, it airs throughout the week on Spike TV, so check your local listings.