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Lesnar admits he'll never get used to eating punches

ESPN staff
April 18, 2011
Randy Couture has admitted Brock Lesnar needs to respond better to adversity inside the Octagon © Getty Images

Brock Lesnar has confessed he will need to improve his striking, not his chin, when he fights Junior dos Santos at UFC 131.

Lesnar has established himself as one of the giants of the UFC heavyweight division in recent years, winning the title against Randy Couture before suffering defeat in his third defence against Cain Velasquez.

In both the Velasquez loss and the earlier come-from-behind victory over Shane Carwin, Lesnar displayed a weakness in his chin, getting dropped by both fighters. Now he prepares to meet arguably the division's best striker in Dos Santos, who will be expected to dominate whilst the fight remains standing.

Much focus will be paid to how Lesnar has improved his punch resistance, but the TUF 13 coach admits that it is his striking skills that need to improve, because his chin probably never will.

"Obviously as a fighter you want to keep continuing to evolve, and I think as my fights have evolved I have faced guys with better boxing skills and it's an area I definitely need to work on," Lesnar said on The Aftermath.

"As far as learning… I don't know if you ever get used to taking punches, but that's not the problem.

"The problem is all my other assets have been farther ahead of the game and this is one we're going to have to keep lagging along and not get frustrated and understand I got to get better."

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