Some folks had written off Cain Velasquez as a top contender as 2016 began, but after storming through Travis Browne at UFC 200, well, a lot fewer people share that opinion…
Although Velasquez had gone 4-1 in his last five bouts prior to this year, and was coming off his championship loss to Fabricio Werdum, some observers questioned whether he would ever be the same. After all, this is a man who due to injuries, had fought just once since 2013 as UFC 200 neared.
Well, after witnessing the Velasquez of old on July 9th, many people believe the AKA fighter could reclaim the heavyweight title in the not so distant future. Recently Velasquez appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the 34 year-old said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“People know that if I’m 100 percent going into the fight, that there’s no one out there that can touch me,” Velasquez said. “I still feel that way going in to practice every day.”
Fair enough. Velasquez also reported that he’s taking “more rest during my workouts, during the camps, more maintenance to my body, and with that, I’m able to perform the way I want to”, while discussing what he’s changed as a means to stay healthy. It will certainly be interesting to see if he can remain active.
Currently Velasquez is ranked #2 at heavyweight, so depending on what goes down this weekend at UFC 203, he could challenge for the belt next.