Cain Velasquez wants to wear UFC gold once more.
But if the former champion can’t get a fight with Stipe Miocic for the belt, he wants to avenge a bitter loss.
“If Stipe doesn’t want a break, I want him,” said Velasquez, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “If he wants to fight in 2017, I’d like to fight (Fabricio) Werdum in December. This is personal.”
Velasquez and Werdum tangled over the UFC belt recently, with the Brazilian scoring a finish. The two were on the same movie set, filming scenes for the latest “Kickboxer” project.
“It was real hard to do. Having the guy who just beat you right there,” he said. “I would say it was tough. Knowing there was nothing I could do to right what happened. I want him in December to get revenge.”
With injuries keeping him from making several scheduled appearances inside the Octagon over the years, Velasquez has changed his training approach.
“Yeah, it sucks getting injured before a fight. That’s the worst thing,” he said. “You’re a fighter and this is how you make your money and I love being in there and fighting. Things I’ve changed: A lot more drilling. I’m only sparring twice a week now. With that, my body is feeling better. I’m also doing a lot more body maintenance.”