UFC champion Cain Velasquez is seen by most as the #1 heavyweight in Mixed Martial Arts thanks to his 11-1 record, a number of impressive past performances, and an improving skill-set built on top of a tremendous wrestling arsenal. However, as nice as the hype may be, Velasquez hasn’t come close to achieving his ultimate goal in the sport.
Velasquez, who defends his title against Antonio Silva tonight at UFC 160, recently confessed to being dissatisfied with only having won the belt rather than stringing together a number of successful showings with the gold in tow.
“This is the position I want to be in, so I have to go out there and perform. This is what I’ve been working hard for, this is what I got into this sport to do – to be the #1 guy, and not just get the belt once or twice, but to keep accumulating a bunch of belts. That’s what I want to do, that’s what I’ve envisioned in my career, so I’m here now, and I’m going to keep doing it,” said Velasquez in an interview with the UFC’s website. “I’ve only gained the belt twice, and that’s not where I want to be. I want to keep accumulating belts, so I’m not there yet. I’m not happy with where I’m at yet; I want to keep doing this, and stay in this position for a long time.”
The 30-year old is currently on his second run with the championship after falling to Junior dos Santos in 2011, then re-gaining the strap from “Cigano” late last year. Though Velasquez is relatively certain he’ll avoid a similar stumble against Silva, especially considering he holds a dominant win over him, the American Kickboxing Academy staple is making sure to avoid any pitfalls produced by overconfidence by approaching the clash as though he’s also a challenger.
“I’m envisioning a whole new belt, and it’s up to ‘Bigfoot’ and me to go out there and get it. It’s not that he’s coming to take mine away; this is a whole new one, and we’re both contenders for that belt, and we’re both equally hungry,” explained Velasquez. “That’s how I see it. This is a fight I have to win.”
Fans can catch the two tussle in the main event on PPV.