It’s unclear who is next for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but after Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva destroyed Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, he could be in for a rematch a little sooner than most of us expected.
“Going into (Overeem vs. Silva), we talked about if Alistair Overeem won,” said UFC president Dana White during the UFC 156 post-fight press conference. (Silva) and Cain Velasquez just fought recently, but I’m telling you, the way that he looked in this fight, what he did to Alistair, maybe we do this fight again.”
Velasquez hasn’t been told yet that Silva is next, and seems uncertain on who deserves a shot at his belt, but he’ll be ready no matter who gets the call.
“The UFC will decide on something and I’m sure it will turn out good,” Velasquez said on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight. “I’m okay waiting. Keep staying sharp; keep training.”
The champ doesn’t know what’s next, but he does know that he’d like to step back in the Octagon sometime this summer. He also knows that there is one recent addition to the UFC roster that he is unwilling to fight.
“I would not fight (Daniel Cormier),” Velasquez declared. “He’s my coach, teammate, and friend.”
While Silva is a consideration, Velasquez crushed him the first time they met, taking him out inside the first four minutes of the fight.
But there is no clear alternate, unless of course you ask UFC Tonight co-host Chael Sonnen.
“Bigfoot just fought and lost to Cain and it was vicious and one sided, he’s not going to be the guy to fight him again,” said Sonnen. “Insert Josh Barnett. He was UFC heavyweight champion in 2002. He left and can come back and get his belt back. He’s the guy.”
No matter what the UFC brass decides – as long as it’s not Daniel Cormier, who fights Frank Mir in April – Cain Velasquez will be ready and waiting.