- Chael Sonnen declared Cain Velasquez as the scariest fighter in the history of MMA
- “The Bad Guy” said the former UFC champion had all that it takes to be the most intimidating fighter on the face of the planet
Most MMA fighters practically look tough and all, but there will always be those who could intimidate everybody without even trying. For Chael Sonnen, that guy is former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
Cain was just outright scary
Speaking on his “You’re Welcome” podcast on Spotify, Sonnen recalled the time Joe Rogan told Mike Tyson that the scariest fighter of all time is former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson simply because of he had the “speed”, “technique” and “diversity.” However, “The Bad Guy” pointed out that being scariest is a completely different subject.
According to Sonnen, the one fighter who ticked all the boxes as far as being scary goes was none other than Velasquez.
“I feel like it’s a very specific question… The scariest fighter in MMA history: I had, with a pretty sizable gap, Cain Velasquez,” Sonnen declared. “He had the whole bit: He lad the look, he had the eyes, he had the jawline, the stoicness, he had the rumors and reputation, he had the work ethic. He had the records, he had the knockouts, the collegiate résumé. But there was something scary about a big guy that had the level of conditioning. We don’t see that very often, not that level, not where they can be on you that hard, non-stop.”
It’s a different man inside
While Sonnen’s take on the matter could be true, one thing most people in the MMA world couldn’t deny is the fact that Velasquez is a good person. In fact, he is friends with most of his contemporaries and rivals, most notably Daniel Cormier. His former ultimate heavyweight nemesis Junior Dos Santos even backed him up during his attempted murder case last year.
After serving eight months in prison, Velasquez was finally freed. He immediately made an epic pro wrestling comeback at Lucha Libre AAA last month.
Velasquez held the UFC heavyweight title twice during his 11-year stint with the promotion. He logged notable victories over some of the best heavyweights in the sport, including Dos Santos, Antonio Nogueira, and Brock Lesnar. He last fought in the UFC in 2019 where he suffered a KO loss to now reigning heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou.