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Tuesday, 05/15/2012, 09:57 am

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.


26 Responses to “Cain on Bigfoot: "I feel like I can step in there with anybody right now"”

  1. mean170 says:

    Gotta like Cain. He seems to be a very classy guy.

  2. T.Daddy says:

    He’ll beat bigfoot and get his rematch with dos santos….. Then he’ll get ko’d again

  3. Chris says:

    Heavyweight belt changes hands often but I gotta go with lightweight being the most competetive division.

  4. Lol says:

    Hell beat bigfoot mark hunt will beat struve and fight for title shot. At least i wih lol. War Hunt !

  5. C says:

    Cain should try his luck at 205 if he loses. I think he’d do well

  6. Mach00man says:

    Cain Velasquez,….. keeping it classy.

  7. RoyceGracie says:

    there is no possible possible way Cain loses to BigFoot … And yes , Cain could beat anyone in the division he was not 100% against Dos Santos and he would probably beat him in a rematch.

  8. T.Daddy says:

    Come on now.. cain wasn’t injured.. yeah there was something wrong with him.. he forgot to bob n weave..lmao!

  9. CHRIS says:

    Cain has a chance at the title like everyone else in the HW division. We havent really seen cigano really worked. all we seen is how hard he hit cain in the back of the head. I would love to see cigano really have a 3 to 5 round fight to see his all around skills displayed!

  10. Mike McMack says:

    Cain is such a humble guy, I hope he earns another shot at the belt. Him and JDS are such classy guys!

  11. Luis Castro says:

    Cain!!!!! Get that belt back!!!!!!

  12. Derek says:

    JDS was also hurt… Peolple forget he hurt his mcl before the fight

  13. Mike Diaz says:

    Cmon Cain, we want yo to solidify your #1 contender status! Diaz Bros and TEAM PENN!!!!

  14. Jason says:

    Just have a feeling cains gonna choke.

  15. El diablo says:

    Pinche Brown Pride! Hope he gets his ass whipped.

  16. maurice says:

    jds will continue dominating, and cain will work his way back to a rematch. the fight is a back and forth war, up until the 3rd when cain finally finds a way to keep jds on his back. jds will finally show his ground game and submit cain in the championship rounds by armbar….

  17. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Some of you guys need to let go of that “Brown Pride” argument. It’s a stupid argument because he isn’t a racist! It means having a love of your family’s heritage. Brown Pride is not a hateful message like White Power. Idk why that’s so difficult to understand….

  18. El diablo says:

    Simple it’s a one way street. He can have brown pride across his chest. You put a white guy in there with white pride across his chest and the UFC would not even sign him. Every body knows it’s true. Cain says it’s about his heritage, ok good for him but it don’t work both ways.

    • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

      That’s completely understandable. Not too long ago our schools were segregated and blacks were treated like second hand citizens. Trayvon Martin’s case opened up old wounds and proved we still have a racial divide. No help from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton though, who only exacerbate things for their personal gain.

      An innocent man can get white pride tattooed on his chest but it will probably be lumped in with something that’s negative like the KKK because there’s a history there.

  19. John M says:

    I love Cain and I can’t think of a better opportunity for him to show the MMA world he’s still the1# contender.

  20. Jay says:

    Cain and JDS are way ahead of the rest of the hw. Those are the only 2 fighters that will hold the belt for a while. Ppl sayin jds is way better than Cain are crazy. Cain got caught behind the ear where everybody goes down. Yes Cain should’ve gone for a takedown instead of standing with him but he got gsp’d n cigano played the role of serra. Cain will walk right through big foot in the same way Cormier did. Silva does have the size and reach but Cain is fast with good footwork n ko power in both hands. I just don’t see how big foot can win.

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