10 lessons for facing Cain Velasquez

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In GRACIEMAG 166, now in bookstores, current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is in evidence.

In a chat with Jiu-Jitsu savants like Rodrigo Comprido, Fabrício Werdum, Renzo Gracie, Murilo Bustamante, Demian Maia, and Royler Gracie – not to mention of course Junior Cigano, who could well be Cain’s next challenger, if he gets by Brock Lesnar in their scheduled showdown.

To completely understand the strategy in the tough mission of facing Cain Velasquez, go out and get your copy of GRACIEMAG at your local bookstore or subscribe to receive it in the comfort of your own home by clicking here.

In the meantime, GRACIEMAG.com fronts 10 lessons extracted from the myriad teachings offered by the specialits:

10 – Pulling guard isn’t madness.

9 – Getting taken down is not the end of the world. It could even be a good thing, as it lets you work your ground game.

8 – Work on the defensive guard and blocking to avoid ground-and-pound attacks.

7 – It’s easier to sink a triangle if you have long legs.

6 – The armbar could be a good option against wrestlers, who throw their weight forward while doing ground and pound.

5 – Don’t stop when on bottom. Try and impose your game.

4 – Don’t discard the possibility of going for the takedown. It’s not impossible.

3 – Be physically fit.

2 – Never go without training a lot of Jiu-Jitsu. Your main weapon needs to be your sharpest.

1 – Be sure to be prepared in all fields. Be complete.

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