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SI.com: Josh Gross: Five things we learned at UFC 121updated: Sun Oct 24 2010 03:26:00

1. Javier Mendez had it right. Four years ago, when Cain Velasquez walked into Mendez's gym in San Jose, Calif., the trainer pegged the wrestler as a future heavyweight champion. Saturday night in Southern California, in front of a crowd emboldened by a young man with Mexican blood running through his veins, Velasquez made good on Mendez's prognostication with a rousing first-round stoppage of Brock Lesnar.

SI.com: Josh Gross: Under trainer's steady watch, Velasquez readies for Lesnarupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 18:53:00

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Javier Mendez simply won't acknowledge that Cain Velasquez might lose Saturday to UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. It would go against every instinct he's felt related to Velasquez since the fighter stepped into his gym four years ago.

Nearing 50, Renaissance jock Herschel Walker breaks fitness rulesupdated: Mon Oct 11 2010 16:55:00

Javier Mendez, a mixed martial arts trainer for 32 years, scoffed when he heard that retired NFL star Herschel Walker, who's nearing 50, wanted to compete in ultimate fighting.

SI.com: Josh Gross: Velasquez's rapid-fire KO highlights heavy action at UFC 110updated: Sun Feb 21 2010 03:20:00

SI.com's resident MMA guru Josh Gross offers up Five Things We Learned from UFC 110 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.

SI.com: Josh Gross: Thomson ditches life in fast lane for Strikeforce winupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 11:09:00

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Talent is never enough.

People.com: Eva Mendes Says She's 'Thankful' for 'Nice Physique'updated: Tue Jul 24 2007 13:12:00

When it comes to her looks, Eva Mendes is grateful for what she's got.

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