Cain on Bigfoot: "I feel like I can step in there with anybody right now"
It seems that over the last few years the UFC heavyweights have replaced the light heavyweights as the organizations most contested division. Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has now defended his title a total of 3 times while the Heavyweight title continues to change hands as Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez in round 1 of UFC on Fox back in November 2011.
Cain recently sat down with HDnet’s “Inside MMA” where he spoke about having his title taken away from him and his upcoming fight with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva:
You know, at first, it was just hard. Everything you work hard for gets taken away from you, just off of that one night. It was just time for me to step back and, first of all, get my body back to 100 percent. I took some time off, rested my body, rested the little nagging injuries that were bothering me. With this training camp, I just slowly worked my way into it. That’s really helped me. I took my time at the beginning of the training camp, and then, as weeks went on, just kinda picked up the intensity. I feel really good. My body feels good. I think my quickness and power is where they need to be. I’m glad that after that fight, I took that time off to relax and get my body to one hundred percent.”
Bigfoot is coming off a loss to Velasquez’s team mate and Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier in the semi finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix in September 2011. Many have speculated how the fight will end in similar fashion to Velasquez however, the former champion stays focused in his training for the fight:
“Bigfoot’s a big guy, you know? I think he does everything well. He mixes up his punches and kicks really well. For me, I think, with his overall size, I gotta be quicker than him. So, a lot of ‘in and out.’ If the takedown’s there, take it. Just try to beat him off the quickness…The training sessions with Daniel have been great. The type of athleticism and skill that he brings to this, it’s just great to be in with a guy like that, every day, to train with a guy like that, every day. As far as him, with his fight with Silva, he took him apart early. He told me what he felt out there, even though it was short. But, I’m not expecting to fight the same guy that he fought. I’m expecting to fight a better guy. He dismembered him so quickly.”
After being asked whether Velasquez feels more desperation in this fight as both him and Silva are coming off of losses, Velasquez agrees but believes that this will not effect the outcome he has envisioned:
“I think it’s just more fuel to the fire. You know, we both are hungry for the win. We’re both high competitive guys. I think it makes us more dangerous, in that aspect. I mean, it’s just of, with my fight, I made a mistake, and I paid for it. That was it. Just learn from it and move on. I feel like I’m ready. I feel like I can step in there with anybody right now and come out victorious. I feel good.”
Cain Velasquez faces off against Antonio Silva on May 26th at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir.