by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Cain Velasquez (7-0) heads into the biggest fight of his career at UFC 110
in Sydney, Australia, and expects a war with former Pride and UFC titleholder
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-5).
“It’s going to be a war. I expect a war. In all my fights I expect a war,
and that’s how it’s going to be,” Velasquez commented during the UFC 110
pre-fight press conference.
Velasquez, a two-time collegiate wrestling All-American, has heavy hands,
but likes to take his opponents down and punish them on the ground. With
Nogueira’s legendary ability to pull off submissions from his back, Velasquez
was asked if he’s done anything different to prepare for this fight.
“I brought in a lot of jiu-jitsu guys, black belts. I just kind of watched
film on him and put myself in really bad positions when I was rolling and got
really comfortable in there and know the ins and outs of that style,” said the
American Kickboxing Academy trained heavyweight.
Velasquez may have prepared slightly different, but his game plan remains
the same – get the fight to the ground.
“To me it’s all the same game plan as I’ve always been doing, fighting. I
just think that when I do get down on the ground it has to be smart. I really
can’t do anything stupid,” the 27-year-old said on a media conference call.
“I’m going to just really think and know all the stuff that he’s doing. I’ve
just got to fight a smarter fight and that’s pretty much it.
“I just know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Velasquez told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio. “I’ve got to fight smart and I
think with watching his past fights I think it’s tough, but I think you have to
be quicker than Nog as far as beating him to the punch, being in and out. That
kind of fighting style.
“I think I’m a high paced fighter. I
like to push the pace. I like to get after my opponent. I plan on doing that
again with this fight,” added the Californian. “I just feel like I’m getting
better in all aspects of MMA. I’m more relaxed. I pick my shots a lot more when
taking somebody down. I’m just getting better overall. I think you’re going to
see a more improved Cain Velasquez that night.”
Addressing specifically where he feels
he has the advantage over the older, more seasoned Nogueira, Velasquez said, “My
wrestling, my quickness, anything in the clinch and my cardio. That’s where I’m
Velasquez and Nogueira headline UFC 110
and both are expecting a tough night of work.
“He’s going to have to kill me, or I’m
going to have to kill him to beat him out there,” said Velasquez.