Cain Velasquez Dismisses Idea of Fighting Teammate Daniel Cormier After UFC 155 Win



Though Strikeforce standout Daniel Cormier will soon be Octagon-bound, he will not challenge for the UFC heavyweight title as long as the gold resides around the waist of American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez.

The heavyweights mutually dismissed the notion that they would square off following Velasquez’s title-winning performance at UFC 155 on Saturday night.

“I wouldn’t [fight Cormier]. This is my friend, my teammate and my coach,” Velasquez told Fox Sports while sitting next to his AKA stablemate during a post-fight interview. “If you want to see us fight, go to AKA three days a week.”

Velasquez was masterful in his performance at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, taking the fight to reigning champion Junior dos Santos from the opening bell.

“A lot of times before this fight, I was envisioning the way it would go, but to actually go out there and do it with all the pressures of finally being in there [felt great],” said Velasquez. “I wanted to come in lighter and faster. I knew he was really fast with his movement and everything else, and I wanted to be in good shape to be able to move at any angle and just be quick.”

Quick Velasquez was, as he punched his way into the clinch on numerous occasions and threatened with takedowns before flooring the retreating champion with a hard overhand right. Once in top position, Velasquez unloaded with some of his signature ground-and-pound, blasting the Brazilian with dozens of nasty shots. Though “Cigano” would survive the first-round onslaught, the former champion had set the tone for the remainder of their contest.

“A lot of the stuff in my head was just [me thinking], ‘Keep a strong pace. Pressure him up top and then look for stuff with the legs.’ It was always up and down, and I never really slowed down,” said Velasquez. “I just had it in my head that I needed to put a lot of pressure on him and do what I wanted to do. That high-paced wrestling style breaks a lot of people when they’re not used to it.”

Dos Santos gamely attempted to resist Velasquez’s offense for another 20 minutes, but the Californian would not be denied, as he continually outstruck the hard-hitting champion between his 11 successful takedowns. When the smoke had cleared, Velasquez was once again the UFC heavyweight champion, a result which he attributes to his diligent preparation with his AKA training partners.

“I think we really prepared well. Me and [Cormier] were constantly working and watching film,” said Velasquez. “The way that [Dos Santos] backs up, it didn’t seem like he throws a lot. He wants to back up and then re-engage when he’s comfortable, and we didn’t let him be comfortable.”

Velasquez’s victory serves as sweet retribution for the 30-year-old, who relinquished his title to dos Santos roughly 13 months ago in a 64-second knockout defeat at UFC on Fox 1. In that fight, Velasquez returned to the Octagon after a year-long layoff due to rotator cuff surgery. Additionally, both heavyweights entered the cage nursing significant knee injuries.

“Not being able to work stuff in the gym translates into the Octagon, and that got to my head a lot,” Velasquez said of his first meeting with dos Santos. “I really couldn’t do the stuff I want to in the gym, so how am I going to do it [in the fight]? Being 100 percent [this time], physically and mentally, it just helped so much.

“There was a lot of stuff that we saw that he did in the first fight, like at the weigh-in when he put his fist up to my face. I needed to show him that this is a fight, and I’m going to come at [him],” Velasquez continued. “It was the same thing with him walking to the center of the ring and saying, ‘I’m going to put you down’ [during the introductions]. Well, no you’re not. I’m going to take the center of the ring, and I’m going to show you. I knew that I was capable of something else, and I had to go out there and prove it. I know what I can do.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 63 views

The UFC heavyweight champ's AKA teammate Luke Rockhold says there "is not a chance" Jon Jones could beat Cain Velasquez. As Daniel Cormier prepares to challenge Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweigh read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 399 views

Did you know that Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier are fighting next month? This video should get you extremely excited about this huge light heavyweight title fight. The UFC's PPV offerings for 2014 are read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC's 2nd attempt at a heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum is being made for June of next year. Lost in the shuffle of the UFC's delayed "big announcement" and not-s read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 17 views

Watch UFC Tonight hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier break down the pivotal UFC Fight Night: Austin main event between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson. Following last week's trio of fight cards, th read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 389 views

"Not a chance. Cain, just the storm that he can put on you, you can't stop it. I've trained with the guy, I've sparred with him so many times, and when he wants to get after you, he's going to get af read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 319 views

Anthony Johnson recently spoke to the media at a press conference hyping up the UFC on FOX 14 card in Stockholm, Sweden, which takes place on Jan. 24, 2015. "Rumble" will be in the main event spotlig read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 8 views

From a fan's perspective, Alexander Gustafsson wouldn't mind seeing Daniel Cormier become the UFC light heavyweight champion by beating Jon Jones at UFC 182. But selfishly, Gustafsson has a different read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson badly wants revenge against Jon Jones, which is why he's hoping he defeats Daniel Cormier in January. January 2015 is going to be a massive month read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 views

If Justin Jones can walk the walk like he can clearly talk the talk, the UFC newcomer could soon be making some waves in the organization. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>