On last night’s “UFC Tonight” on FS1, Cain Velasquez comments on several hot topics…
•On what he thought about Stipe Miocic’s performance: “He looked good. He moves around very well. He’s hard to put away. He’s out there for the grind.”
•On what’s next: “If Stipe doesn’t want a break, I want him. If he wants to fight in 2017, I’d like to fight [Fabricio] Werdum in December. This is personal.”
•On if Jon Jones came back and got a title shot at heavyweight: “After everything that’s been going on, I think it’d be BS if he got a title shot right away. That shouldn’t happen.”
•On his frequent injuries: “Yeah, it sucks getting injured before a fight. That’s the worst thing. You’re a fighter and this is how you make your money and I love being in there and fighting. Things I’ve changed: A lot more drilling. I’m only sparring twice a week now. With that, my body is feeling better. I’m also doing a lot more body maintenance.”
•On filming “Kickboxer” the movie with Werdum: “It was real hard to do. Having the guy who just beat you right there. I would say it was tough. Knowing there was nothing I could do to right what happened. I want him in December to get revenge.”
Keller’s Analysis: As evidenced by C.M. Punk getting a fight on the main card of UFC 203 – and likely making a big difference in the buyrate – Velasquez might be frustrated if somehow Jones were to become available soon enough. I think, and hope, Cain gets his shot first. Given that Fabricio Werdum’s win over Travis Browne wasn’t anything special, Cain seems like the obvious next challenger. It’s good to hear he’s adjusting his training approach to hopefully cut back on the odds of suffering an injury. UFC matchmakers have to consider his propensity to get hurt and always have a B-plan in mind to save any PPV line-up in which he is scheduled for the main event.
WATCH A CLIP OF THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH VELASQUEZ HERE: