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Dos Santos tells it straight: Lesnar has a 'weak chin'

ESPN staff
April 19, 2011
Junior Dos Santos' uppercut could prove crucial in deterring Brock Lesnar from attempting the takedown © UFC

Junior dos Santos has turned up the heat on Brock Lesnar ahead of their UFC 131 collision, stating point-blank that the former heavyweight champion cannot take a punch.

The TUF 13 coaches will stage a classic clash of styles when they share the same Octagon on June 11, with Lesnar's powerful wrestling tested by Dos Santos' slick striking.

A consensus view would predict that Lesnar loses if the Brazilian lands one meaty blow, due to the former WWE star's inability to take a punch. Lesnar himself has confessed he will never get used to finding himself under a barrage, and that is music to Dos Santos' ears.

"He's a wrestler, so he feels uncomfortable when people throw punches on him," he told The MMA Hour. "I think his fight against Cain Velasquez shows good things for me, because I think he's got a weak chin. I will try to use that, try to throw some punches and... try to use my boxing."

The other side to the prediction would be that Lesnar could dominate Dos Santos on the mat, with the Brazilian's grappling yet to be truly tested. Not that it concerns Dos Santos.

"My wrestling is very good and I think it will be hard for him to put me down," he said. "I will be very prepared. I will be in shape. I have to be one hundred per cent in that fight. If he tries to put me down - for sure he will try - but I will get up and keep the fight [standing]. That's my way to win the fight. I'm looking for the knockout all the time.

"I think I'm faster than him, and I've got more experience inside the cage than him. He's a very good wrestler, a very strong guy, but I think that's not enough to be a complete UFC fighter. I believe so much in my boxing, and that's going to be the way I will [be] during the fight. I will use my boxing and my footwork to make him feel uncomfortable and then I will throw some punches, and we're going to find out if he is a really tough guy."

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