Cain Velasquez Already Back at Work

November 23, 2011
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Cain VelasquezMany of the fighters at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., are like family to each other. Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Mike Swick, Cain Velasquez, and numerous others have been together for the long haul.

When fighters grow that close to one another, they’re always available to lend support when one of them falters, such as what happened when Cain Velasquez lost the UFC heavyweight championship to Junior dos Santos in the UFC on Fox main event.

“I said to Cain after the fight, ‘You know Cain, it’s not about winning or losing. You’re gonna get to go home. You’re gonna have a beautiful wife, a beautiful kid. Just cherish those things because you can come back from a loss. We’ve all done it. We’ve all been there,’” Koscheck said at a recent question and answer session with fans.

“Now it’s gonna show if you’re a true champion or not, you’re ability to come back from this loss or not.”

Of course, comments like that would be expected of a teammate, especially ones that are as close as Koscheck and Velasquez are. But there are other times when support isn’t born of the familiarity of friendship; it’s earned by action.

Velasquez is in that much more rare category, receiving support from Koscheck due to his actions, the type of actions that reflect on how he was able to become a UFC champion in the first place.

“He is a champion because Monday morning he was in the gym. He was working out Monday,” revealed Koscheck.

It’s such action that goes above and beyond being a fighter doing his job. Velasquez understands what it takes to be a champion, and that includes the added weight placed upon a champion’s shoulders.

“I was like, ‘Whoa, what are you doing here already?’” said Koscheck. “He goes, ‘I let a lot of people down and I need to get back to the top.’”

It’s that attitude that leads many to believe that, one day, Cain Velasquez will again wear the UFC heavyweight title belt around his waist.

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  • bajafox

    I knew JDS would be Cains toughest opponent. I wish he hadn’t tried to stand up with him and just kicked him until he could take him down…

    Cain will be back

    • wonggfan

      Cain will be back but will get KOed again to JDS.

      JDS seems to have Cain’s number.

      • bajafox

        How can you say he has his number after just one minute? lol

        It was a well placed bomb, nothing was proven except that JDS can punch like a mofo.

        • wonggfan

          What was proven is this: Cain is not undefeatable and slightly overrated by TUF noobs just because he beat Brock.

          Tell me. Who has more impressive record between the two?

          About that number thing…I was just kidding.

          Cain is a good fighter. JDS is a good fighter. Let’s match Cain up against Carwin and see if he can do to him what JDS did.

          Also, what do you think about Brock vs JDS? I think Brock could get hurt from that fight.

        • MrAdidas

          Yeah, I’m not sure what that “WAR” of a fight proved. The only thing those 66 secs proved, was that Dos Santos was the better man on that night, with a “lucky” punch. “lucky” in regards to he hit behind the ear, once you get hit behind the ear, the fight is all but done! GSP Vs Serra – Brock Vs Couture – Lyoto Vs Rua #2 etc., were all hits to the back of the ear, which means GAME OVER! I’ve seen Cain fight live & he took some bombs, but when he fought Congo he got CRACKED 3 diff times, his legs wobbled for a half second, but Cain recovered almost instanly. I’m not saying Congo can hit as hard as Dos Santos, but I can guarantee you that they are’nt that far apart (power wise). I believe Cain could take a number of Dos Santos bombs to the face/jaw & recover, just like Roy Nelson did. (though I dont think anyone BUT Roy could take Dos Santos bombs for 15 mins & still not get semi KO’d)

          I think after another fight or two for Cain & he’ll be ready to fight Dos Santos again, but this time the fight will last longer than 66 secs – as for the result…. who knows?!? Dont forget, Cain was out for over 1 year & after major shoulder surgery. Being out for 6 months in MMa is a lifetime, let alone 14 months.

          • Cptmats

            %100 Agreed. Huge dif. between taking one on the jaw and taking one on above or behind the ear !

          • wonggfan

            GSP Vs Serra – Brock Vs Couture – Lyoto Vs Rua #2


            Except for the first fight, I dunno if they were “lucky” punches.

            So that would make sense why Cro Cop sucks now! His luck in Japan ran out! All his first round LHK KOs must have been…lucky.