Lots of people have argued that Cain Velasquez was not at his best when he was defeated by Fabricio Werdum last June, and his old foe, Junior dos Santos, clearly agrees.
Following the clear cut defeat, plenty of observers pointed to the fact that Velasquez was fighting for the first time in nearly two years. In addition, Velasquez didn’t spend nearly as much time training in the high altitude region as Werdum did–the bout was in Mexico City. So, for many, this explained why Velasquez appeared to fade so early.
Werdum and Velasquez are expeceted to meet again in June, 2016. Recently JDS spoke to “Combate“, and he was asked to weigh-in how the rematch will go. Here is some of what he had to say (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I think Werdum did well in his last fight, but in my opinion he did not fight the same Velasquez I fought. Velasquez was exhausted in the first round. That was a complete surprise for me. He was exhausted in the first round. That’s unbelievable for someone like him, who fought 10 rounds against me. In the fifth round he was hopping like a kid, so that was odd.”
“If Velasquez shows up in his usual shape. I think he beats Werdum. But if Werdum keeps the belt and I win my fight. I could be next. It could happen.”
It’s pretty hard to argue that Velasquez wasn’t at this best that night. As JDS alluded to, in the past Velasquez has been a cardio machine, and has continued to be in fights where he took some heavy, heavy shots.
But, is his best, or a closer version of it, going to be enough to defeat Werdum? Who continues to look better and better each time out? We shall see.