UFC 131: Lesnar Focused On Dos Santos, Eyeing Velasquez

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Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is focused on Junior Dos Santos, but his sights are set on Cain Velasquez.

Lesnar faces Dos Santos in a heavyweight No. 1 contender’s bout at UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver with the winner getting a title shot at Velasquez.

Lesnar lost the title to Velasquez at UFC 121 in October of 2010, and Dos Santos stands in his way of an opportunity of regaining the belt.

“I’m angry that I lost last fall, but being angry about it isn’t the solution, but doing something about it, and that’s what I intend to do to get another title shot,” Lesnar said on Monday.

Lesnar made no excuses for the loss to Velasquez, but believes a rematch will be a lot different than their first fight.

“I was healthy physically, but mentally probably not so. I don’t think it really registers to the general public on my year last year from being sick and losing 42 pounds and just to get my ass to the gym to recover and put that weight back on and then having a title fight, and on top of that while I’m training for a title fight a new baby boy, and then fighting Shane Carwin. Then I was expecting some time off because I really needed it mentally more than anything and physically, and then I booked a fight with Cain (Velasquez),” said Lesnar.

“If there was one thing I could learn from that is maybe to spread title fights out a little further than what I did. I took a good loss from Cain, and evaluating the film, me and Cain traded punches back and forth and he was uncomfortable on his feet enough to take me down. From there I escape and I take a shot to the chin and I don’t recover from it. In this game it’s a matter of inches, and he was victorious that night. Next time will it be different? I would hope so, but I’ve got to get through Junior and I plan on doing that in June.”

Why did Lesnar take a fight when he wasn’t 100-percent mentally?  Business.

“I experienced a lot last year, so from a fighting stand point it probably wasn’t great timing, but it is what it is. From the business side of things, when me and my team sat down to accept the fight, to understand, there was a lot of business things that we discussed, the positives versus the negatives and the positives outweighed the negatives by fighting in October. At the end of the day this is prize fighting and I answered the call, but I fell short,” said Lesnar.

Lesnar and Dos Santos are the coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 13.” UFC 131 is scheduled to take place a week after the season’s finale.

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