by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Cain Velasquez (7-0) has been flawless since making the transition from a
two-time collegiate All-American wrestler at Arizona State to a top contender
in the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight division, finishing all but
one of his seven opponents in the Octagon.
Velasquez takes on mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
(32-5) at UFC 110 in the promotion’s first trip to Australia on Feb. 21. With a
win, he could be the next to get a title shot depending on how things unfold in
interim championship bout between former titleholder Frank Mir and Shane Carwin
on at UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey.
“We’ll see what happens. Frank Mir has to fight Shane Carwin and then we’ll
see when Brock gets back or when he does get back how he does with the
comeback,” said the American Kickboxing Academy trained heavyweight. “But I
think with those guys, those three guys that are fighting for it right now,
anything can happen still being so strong and so powerful.”
Questioned which of the three poses the biggest threat to him, Velasquez
told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio, “I think both those two (Lesnar and
Carwin) have the same fighting style. They’re both really good wrestlers. They’re
both really good guys, strong guys, and they both have a lot of power.
“They can end the fight in any position
that they’re in. Those two are definitely the toughest guys out there, the
toughest competition out there,” added the 27-year-old.
But Velasquez doesn’t want to make any
predictions and remains focused on the task before him, defeating a much more
“For me to talk of who can win that
(Mir vs. Carwin), I don’t know. And then between me and Nog, I mean pretty much
I never really think about what can happen afterwards,” stated Velasquez.
“All my energy and emphasis is on
Nogueira and on this fight coming up between me and him because he’s a very
dangerous fighter and he’s been doing this for a long time. He knows the game
in and out, and I’ve got to fight a smart fight, so this is all I’m worried
UFC president Dana White has stated
that the winner of Mir and Carwin will likely get a unification bout with
Lesnar, but if the Mir and Carwin winner isn’t healthy, the winner of Velasquez
and Nogueira will be Lesnar’s opponent in his return to the UFC after being
sidelined with illness.