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Cain Velasquez ready to do whatever is necessary to beat Junior dos Santos

UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez knows the immense pressure that will be placed on him during his title match against Junior dos Santos November 12 on the UFC debut on FOX. For Velasquez, however, it is just another fight.

UFC on FOX 1 will be the focal point for several UFC specials on the network leading up to the meeting between the two. Velasquez, a former standout wrestler at Arizona State University, recently took part in a Q&A session with the Toronto Sun.

Many experts believe the ground game of Velasquez will be what helps push him past the hard-hitting dos Santos. The Brazilian, though, has been a difficult fighter to get to the mat in previous battles against the likes of Shane Carwin, Roy Nelson, and Fabricio Werdum.

“If (the opportunity) is there I’ll take it, but that’s not the game plan going in. He is good in that position, but I’m not afraid to put him in that position,” Velasquez said. “If I don’t get it, I’m going to stand up with him, punch with him and kick with him. We’re going to do everything.”

In his lead-up to fighting Brock Lesnar for the UFC title, Velasquez did not take part in any of the usual pre-fight trash talk that is becoming common place for fighters. That’s not the way Velasquez goes about it.

“I think he’s a well-rounded fighter. I think he’s one of the best boxers in MMA. He has good takedown defense and if he does get taken down, he’s able to pop up right away,” Velasquez said. “And he does throw kicks here and there. He’s just really well-rounded. I don’t see him as having a gas tank problem at all. He’s been in fights with a bunch of tough guys and he’s beaten them up every round.”

As for the pressure of the bout being the first chance for the UFC to display itself on network television, Velasquez said, “Business as usual. I’m just thinking about the fight in general.”


  • Dufresne says:

    I doubt we’ll be seeing many kicks from JDS in this fight. He may have good takedown defense and he may be good at popping back up when he does get taken down, but he’s also never faced a wrestler like Cain. Brock Lesnar had a hard time getting Cain to the mat and once he got him there he couldn’t keep him there. And when Cain stood up he managed to get Lesnar on his back which has been accomplished a very, very few times.

    I still give the advantage in striking to JDS, but I’ve got to give the wrestling advantage to Cain and I think if JDS does manage to tag Cain early he’s gonna be fighting takedowns the rest of the night.

    I won’t make a prediction, because every time I pick a big HW fight like this it goes the exact opposite way I think it will. Regardless, I’m really excited to see how this one unravels.

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  • never have I been so excited for a heavyweight fight. Both of these guys are well rounded, both have great cardio and both of them are explosive….I can see this going five seconds or even five rounds.

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  • stone says:

    Cain holds the advantage in every aspect except punching power… Even his boxing is better than JDS, his head movement and flow of his boxing combos looks better… I think Cain avoids to big of a punch and out wrks JDS with that relentless pace

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Cain is coming off an injury it’s hard to speculate how he will perform… I for one would like to see JDS get the W.

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