By JAKE CHASTAIN
| Tonight the big boys will go to war at UFC 160 and in the main event Cain Velasquez will defend his heavyweight strap against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. This past Wednesday Cain’s coach at AKA in San Jose, Javier Mendez, called in and talked to our boys over at BJPenn.com Radio. During that interview Mendez, who has three fighters competing in tonight’s event, talked about the title fight/ main event.
First, he felt the need to address the fact that Bigfoot is a legitimate contender and, although this is a rematch in which Cain KOed Silva in the first meeting, this fight is a huge task for the current champion. Cain is a two-time UFC champ but he does not have a successful title defense under his belt. Many fans have expressed displeasure with this booking because of the fact that Cain just defeated Bigfoot prior to beating JDS to regain the strap. But in this sport, any fight is a big fight when a belt is on the line. And Silva, as much as people like to dismiss the proof, is a major threat. To those people that have been saying that the same outcome will play out in this fight as it did in the first, Mendez said,
“100% why they would be wrong is because if they are thinking that, they didn’t really watch the first fight. They didn’t’ watch the first fight. If you guys can recall, which I’m sure you know, [Silva] got cut over his eye. And that blood was all over the poor guy’s eye. He couldn’t see. He could not see.”
He continued, “Beside the fact that he was out of it mentally or physically, that fight was stopped because there was too much blood going into his eye. So for us to think that we’re going to do the same thing again and cut him open in the same spot, that’s ridiculous. That aint gonna happen. And you can’t underestimate someone that has taken out Travis Browne and then who’s taken out Alistair Overeem. I mean, that’s no easy feat that he did. So Bigfoot is as legit as they come and Cain isn’t gonna be fooled by the first time. No way. I always train Cain to go five hard rounds and I don’t even care if it stops early, great, whatever, we’ll take it. But he’s prepared to five grueling, hard rounds. He’s not prepared for anything less than that.”
Anything can happen in any given fight, especially in the heavyweight division where heavy power is packed in every punch. Velasquez will definitely have the speed advantage and arguably, well, the more polished game all around but that’s the fun part about this division; one punch can change everything. You could possibly say that it was one punch in the first round that gave Cain the advantage throughout his entire rematch with JDS.
Still, the odds are with the Champ. Mendez admits that Bigfoot is a big test for Cain but he still feels that Velasquez is the better fighter and is going to impose his game plan from start to finish. When asked how he thought the fight was going to play out Mendez stated,
“Well, you know, what I see is what I train Cain to do. Five grueling rounds where Bigfoot is gonna get beat for every minute of every round for five rounds until he’s beat. He’s gonna get beat, every round. Every minute of every round, every second. He’s gonna get beat. That’s what’s gonna happen. You know, and that’s the mentality that Cain has, that’s the mentality that I have, that’s the mentality that Daniel Cormier has, Leandro Viera and Bob Cook. We all have that same mentality and as long as we’re all together, we speak to Cain on the same respect, as far as what we want, and he’ll go and execute it.”
Cain Velasquez will have the chance to make all of this a reality and successfully defend his title for the first time tomorrow night against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at UFC 160 in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on PPV.
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