It’s been two months since Cain Velasquez returned to action at UFC 200, where he stopped Travis Browne via TKO in the first round. He had been sidelined due to injuries for a year prior to the fight with Browne. So who is next for the two-time former UFC heavyweight champion?
“If Stipe doesn’t want to take a break, I want him next,” Velasquez said on this week’s edition of UFC Tonight.
What if the champion does want to take some time off, as Velasquez has heard?
“If he does want to take a break – I heard he might (not) want to fight again (until) 2017 – if that’s the case, the only fight that I would want, and the only fight that makes sense right now, is to fight Werdum in December. I’d want to fight Werdum in December.”
The last time Velasquez was heavyweight champion, it was Werdum that upset him and took the belt. The two met in the UFC 188 main event on June 13, 2015, in Mexico City, where Velasquez struggled with the altitude. Werdum went to Mexico City well before he was required to in order to acclimate. It paid off, as he submitted Velasquez via guillotine choke midway through the third round.
That is a fight that Velasquez wants back, so if Miocic wants to take a bit of a break, Velasquez wants his revenge.
“This one (with Werdum) is personal,” said Velasquez. “I could just sit around and wait, (but) if Werdum wants to fight in December, let’s make it happen.”