When Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar last year to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion, he had finally realized his dream of getting to the top of the sport. In his first ever title defense he came crashing back down. The heavy-handed Junior Dos Santos needed just 64 seconds to beat Velasquez and strip him of his title last November. It’s the only loss on the resume of Velasquez, a former NCAA wrestling champion. He is not used to losing and has only fought once, a win over Antonio Silva, since losing his title belt. On December 29th, Velasquez will have a shot at redemption in one of the most anticipated heavyweight rematches in UFC history.
Cain Velasquez joined XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ to talk about his upcoming rematch with Junior Dos Santos, how much his loss against Dos Santos has stayed with him, on the balance of over-training and not training enough, what his strengths are as a fighter, when he plans on calling it quits and why he got into MMA.
On his upcoming rematch with Junior Dos Santos:
“Yeah December 29th my rematch with Dos Santos is coming up and I’m just ready for this. This is a loss that’s been in the back of my head for a year now. Can’t wait to get in there and bring that belt back to Arizona.”
How much his loss against Dos Santos has stayed with him:
“Definitely. You always have it in the back of your head. It’s always a reminder that hey I need to keep training harder and get back to a point where you were before that and that was at the top. That’s the whole thing of doing this sport now is trying to be at the top.”
On the balance of over-training and not training enough:
“I think the main thing is over-training. You don’t want to overtrain your body because with that comes injuries and things like that. What you want to do is take it day-by-day and push yourself to the limit but then also know when you have done too much. As far as bulking up and anything like that that’s not a big concern as far over-training your body.”
What his strengths are as a fighter:
“It all depends on how long your body can hold up with the training, with the fighting and I mean if you feel like you lost a step then compared to what you used to do then that is definitely a letdown but just to the point where it becomes a little dangerous and it’s probably not worth it anymore, that’s when you give it up.”
Why he got into MMA in the first place:
“At the time I made the decision I was wrestling at ASU, I was in my junior year and at that moment wrestling just wasn’t enough for me anymore. I wanted to start punching people. That’s what it came down to and that was it.