Cain Velasquez, a former UFC heavyweight champion gives his blessing to teammate and friend Daniel Cormier to fight for the heavyweight belt, could pursue fight at light heavyweight.
Lot of you may have believed that Cain Velasquez would be next in line for heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic after he smashed Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 in Boston. Well, UFC had a different plan in mind, as it is going forward with the super-fight between Miocic and Daniel Cormier at UFC 226 in July.
Like always, I'm gonna be in the gym everyday to help my brother @dc_mma become the next heavyweight champ at #UFC226. Once he wins, things could get interesting. #AndNew #WeAreAKA #GonnaGetMyBeltBack
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) January 27, 2018
Many were swift to assume that meant Velasquez would possibly face Cormier for his former title, Cain told (Mon., January 29, 2018) The MMA Hour, it wasn’t necessarily what he meant by his reaction. Velasquez referenced could be a move to the light heavyweight division.
“What did I mean by that?” Velasquez said. “Things could get interesting, man. He’s at heavyweight, I’m at heavyweight. What am I gonna drop down? I don’t know. Things could get interesting, yes. We don’t know how things are going to play out. I think it’s cool what he’s doing, he’s going up in weight, but s**t he’s fought there before at heavyweight so he’s gonna do it again.”
“If I had to do it, I could do it,” Velasquez said. “I think it would be hard, but it’s just the will of the person. If I really want to do something, I could do it. Again, things could get interesting, so we’re just going off of that and we’re just going to play it by ear. First things first, helping him get ready, me get ready, and then getting that job done in July, both of us.”
If Cormier finds himself holding the two titles simultaneously, this could pit the two teammates against each other. Of course, there is a chance that Daniel Cormier might abandon the lightweight belt and continue to fight at heavyweight. This is a situation Velasquez has given some thought to.
Recently Cormier said, a fight with Stipe Miocic is such a big opportunity that he just want to do it. Even UFC president Dana White also teases a super fight between champs right after UFC 220 event.
Velasquez said, he supported his decision and added he was also trying to get a fight at UFC 226, so they could train on the same schedule.
“We talked about it and I’m all for it, I support Daniel 100 percent,” Velasquez said. “I feel like I just have to go back and prove myself. I have to get a fight and show people why everyone should fear me, so I have to go out there, I have to look impressive. I do plan on fighting again, I’ve never had talks of a retirement. Not yet. I still want to do this.
“He called me up, he told me that he had this opportunity. I was just like, ‘Yes, we can do it.’ We can get ready together, that’s the best for us. He’s fighting on that card in July, I’m going to try to get on that, hopefully. I think that would be perfect and enough time for me to get on that card and me and Daniel can train together and get ready together because when we do that, that’s when we are the best.”
Velasquez shutting the speculations of fighting Cormier.
“Would I ever fight (Cormier)? No, I wouldn’t,” Velasquez said. “I wouldn’t fight him. I think he feels the same way. We’re teammates, we’re friends, we’ve done a lot with each other. I think it would be easy, me and him, just because we spar so much, s**t, it would just be another day at the office.”