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.
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.