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Wednesday, 12/21/2011, 12:14 pm

UFC NEWS – Velasquez Coach Would Like To See Cain Win A Few Before Returning To Title Picture


“Cain knows he blew it, that he stopped before (Junior Dos Santos), but he’s confident that he’ll have the chance to fight for the championship again. Possibly in two or three fights from now. He first has to prove he deserves that chance, so he’ll have to defeat his two next opponents, or at least one in a convincing way so that Zuffa says “ok, you deserve another shot”. When Zuffa offer us that fight, we’ll work on it.”

“When we started training, the first thing I told him was not to trade punches with Junior. I told him not to stand before him because the guy is a great boxer, the best in the business. Once you do that, you’re screwed. I did my job. The fight presented itself, Cain stood in front of him for a seconds and Junior landed a powerful right hand. Junior came prepared, Cain was prepared, but the win went to the one who first imposed his game, and that was Junior.”

In talking to Brazilian media outlet, Tatame.com, AKA Coach Javier Mendez talks about his star pupils mistakes and road to regaining his UFC heavyweight title.

After being blitzed early in his title fight against Junior Dos Santos, the previously unbeaten Velasquez was dropped with punches and subsequently lost his championship belt. It was the first ever real sign of weakness for the AKA trained fighter who now has to navigate his way back to the top of the divisions through a gauntlet of killers.

What’s on everyone’s mind is whether or not the loss was due to his near year long layoff and shoulder surgery or is JDS really just on a different level?

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