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.”
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