Cain Velasquez UFC 155It didn’t take long for Cain Velasquez to win the UFC heavyweight title before talk of his next challenger came up just moments after his victory at UFC 155.

Velasquez dominated Junior Dos Santos en route to a one-sided unanimous decision victory to reclaim the title he lost just over a year ago.

Now with the gold back around his waist, Velasquez will look to make a successful title defense in his next trip to the Octagon, but there’s one name that won’t be waiting to greet him.

Velasquez’s teammate and wrestling coach Daniel Cormier, who will soon transition to the UFC following his final fight with Strikeforce on Jan 12, could be viewed very easily as the No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division.

Win wins over Josh Barnett and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on his record, Cormier is already ranked as a top 3 heavyweight, but when he debuts in the UFC in 2013, it definitely won’t be against his friend and teammate Cain Velasquez.

“I wouldn’t,” Velasquez told Fuel TV when asked if there’s any chance he’d face Cormier. “This is my friend, this is my teammate, this is my coach. You want to see us fight, go to AKA three days a week, we’re going to fight for free.”

Cormier echoed those sentiments and added that while there’s still plenty of competition for him to face at heavyweight without fighting Velasquez, he may ultimately make the move down to 205lbs to make it easier on everyone.

“We spar three days a week, we work hard. Cain Velasquez is going to force me to do something I never wanted to do for a while and that’s maybe cut some weight. They’ve got a lot guys for me to fight. I’m happy my man is the champion,” Cormier stated.

For his part, UFC President Dana White is okay if Velasquez and Cormier don’t fight because he knows they are already discussing it as a team, and they will figure it out before it ever becomes an actual issue.

“Cormier’s a guy who can come in and do anything. A win over Josh Barnett means something, so we’ll see,” White said about Cormier at the UFC 155 post fight press conference.

So with Cormier out of the potential heavyweight title picture in the UFC at least while Velasquez is champion, that leaves the top contender spot most likely landing in the lap of Alistair Overeem should he win in his next fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156.

Following that fight then White could see Junior Dos Santos earn a trilogy fight with Velasquez to settle the score once and for all.

“Probably the winner of that fight (between Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva) will fight Cain next,” said White. “After that fight happens, the fight that probably makes the most sense would be the rematch with Junior Dos Santos. We’ll see how long it takes him to heal.”

While Overeem would be a likely candidate with a win, it would be hard to believe Silva would get the same chance considering he just lost to Velasquez in March. Either way, the heavyweight division is still looking for the top contender as Cain Velasquez relishes his victory at UFC 155.

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

Related News

With Cain Velasquez Out, Fabricio Werdum Wants Championship Rematch | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 20 views

With his planned UFC 207 bout with Cain Velasquez canceled, Fabricio Werdum quickly shifted his focus to a rematch with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. read news >>

Cain Velasquez Says He Was Ready for UFC 207, Disagrees with Decision to Cancel

  • 23 days ago
  • 11 views

Former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, whose rematch with Fabricio Werdum at Friday's UFC 207 was canceled under some strange circumstances, released a statement on Wednesday offering his side o read news >>

Cain Velasquez Details UFC 207 Removal, Declares His Readiness to Fight | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

After the Nevada Athletic Commission pulled Cain Velasquez from his UFC 207 bout with Fabricio Werdum, the former champion issued a lengthy statement. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum posts text messages to Dana White offering to fight at UFC 207 for $500,000

  • 23 days ago
  • 152 views

When Cain Velasquez was forced out of his bout with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207, the pay-per-view main card lost a strong heavyweight fight. Werdum was almost able to stay on the card and face a late- read news >>

After UFC Fight Night 103 scratch, Jimmie Rivera wants ex-champ Dominick Cruz

  • 12 days ago
  • 12 views

UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera won’t be fighting at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 103 event. However, he’s looking to compete soon – and against a big-name opponent.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 207 Primer: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 29 days ago
  • 20 views

Back in June of 2015, Fabricio Werdum squared off against Cain Velasquez in Mexico City for the undisputed heavyweight title. Now the pair are set to square off again, this time as part of the UFC 20 read news >>

No, Cain Velasquez is Not Out of His UFC 207 Fight with Fabricio Werdum | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 153 views

Despite a report that Cain Velasquez was out of his scheduled UFC 207 bout with Fabricio Werdum, he said he is "in shape and ready to go." read news >>

Video: With their UFC 207 rematch scratched, watch the first Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum fight instead

  • 27 days ago
  • 25 views

Two former heavyweight champions were set to rematch next week at UFC 207, though no belts were on the line. However, prior to that second fight, Cain Velasquez was ruled ineligible to face Fabricio read news >>

Cain Velasquez out of UFC 207 bout with Fabrico Werdum

  • 27 days ago
  • 93 views

In a story that feels all too familiar to the career narrative of Cain Velasquez, the former heavyweight champion has been forced out of a fight due to physical issues.Filed under: Featured, News, UF read news >>

Twitter reacts to Cain Velasquez being pulled from UFC 207, including a replacement offer

  • 27 days ago
  • 270 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been forced out of yet another fight. This time it’s his UFC 207 rematch with Fabricio Werdum that’s been scrapped. Just one week before the Dec. 30 read news >>