Thursday, November 04, 2010

A Trained Athlete

Anyone who saw the Velasquez - Lesnar fight knows how great a fighter Velasquez is. But to amplify that knowledge, and to appreciate how hard he's trained across the board, consider these stats:
He was tested by Sports Science prior to the fight with Lesnar, where it was discovered that he had the cardiovascular endurance of a marathon runner. He punched harder than any boxer they’d ever tested and the force he applied on a takedown was similar to the kind that Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney applies coming off the edge to blast a quarterback.

Knowing that, perhaps it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that he was able to handle Lesnar so easily despite giving up three inches in height and perhaps as much as 35 pounds in the cage that night.

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