Brock Lesnar: Five Questions His Fight with Junior Dos Santos Will Answer

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IApril 15, 2011

Brock Lesnar: Five Questions His Fight with Junior Dos Santos Will Answer

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    Brock Lesnar enters his fight with Junior dos Santos a different man then from what we saw back in October when he lost the heavyweight belt to Cain Velasquez.

    Entering their UFC 131 bout a lot of questions are raised about Brock and his first fight in the Octagon as a former champion.

    Here are five questions posed that could be answered after the UFC 131 bout between Brock and JDS.

Can Brock Still Perform Against Good Competition?

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    After watching two fights in a row of Brock Lesnar being beaten badly, one of which he ended up sneaking in a mediocre submission, his fight with Junior dos Santos will either prove he can still fight with the elite competition or is he done fighting for a title.

    Lesnar will be facing a tough striker in JDS and could ultimately get hurt. Beating someone like JDS (JDS is the No. 1 contender for the heavyweight title) will certainly prove Brock can still hang with the best even after his last couple performances.

    That's a big if as both fighters are heading into their UFC 131 bout with a lot of confidence.

Has Brock's Change Affected Him Inside the Cage?

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    Since taking the role as coach on The Ultimate Fighter 13, Brock is a little bit more the company man then he use to be.

    Having that feeling that he needs to prove everyone wrong could prove to be either a positive or negative effect. Brock left his secretive lifestyle to help train guys on TUF and train near his opponent, JDS.

    Will Brock leaving his comfort zone in training affect his gameplan when the real fight happens? 

Has Brock's Striking Game Improved?

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    The one thing Brock has had a problem with in the past is his striking game. Brock has a great ground game made obvious by his phenomenal wrestling background.

    But Cain Velasquez made Brock look bad in their fight back in October. Brock quickly turtled up after a few shots and that was that.

    Not only does Brock need help on his striking, he needs help on his striking defense. His poor showing against Velasquez has led many to question his stand-up even more and a fight against a striker of Junior's caliber could make Brock look bad.

Does Brock Look Good Enough to Fight Cain Velasquez?

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    If Brock can survive JDS, he has a better shot at beating Cain the second time around.

    Brock, like it was mentioned before, has a problem in his standup game. If he can survive JDS, Brock has proven he can beat a top striker.

    Cain showed in their first fight that he was on a different level then Brock. But at the time Brock had been going through a lot in his life and only had one fight since his battle with diverticulitis.

    It's all about Brock getting back on track in his fight with JDS, and if he can do that, he can compete with Cain the second time around. 

Did Brock Finally Get the Rid of the Chip on His Shoulder?

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    Brock has talked about getting back into a title fight and how he will get back to being the UFC Heavyweight Champion. 

    I don't think that chip on his shoulder goes away after the fight but it's possible if he loses that it could possibly go away. 

    The inner fire Brock has brewing is what I think gives him the edge, and the fight, against JDS. An angry, fired up Brock is something no one should want to be in the way of.

    There's a really good chance it doesn't go away, but for right now it is going to help Brock significantly in his upcoming fight.