The first time UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez crossed paths with top contender Antonio Silva he brought down “Bigfoot” in the opening round of action, knocking the seasoned veteran out in impressive fashion with some vicious ground and pound. Strangely enough, the next time the two tussle UFC gold will be on the line.
Velasquez and Silva are set to meet on May 25 in the main event of UFC 160. Though he is only a year removed from his dominant win over Silva, Velasquez isn’t assuming the same result will occur when they face off in a few weeks.
“I’m definitely not looking past ‘Bigfoot’. He has a lot of power, he’s been at the top of his game for awhile. You can’t underestimate him,” said the 11-1 divisional king in a recent interview with the UFC. “I’m quicker than ‘Bigfoot’. I definitely have to use that to my advantage going into this fight. I need to dictate where this fight goes.”
The 30-year old Velasquez has only fought a single time since beating Silva, outpointing then-champion Junior dos Santos in one-sided fashion to win the belt. Comparably, the big Brazilian has seen action twice, stopping both Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem with strikes to improve his career mark to 18-4.
The full interview with Velasquez can be seen below:
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