Last weekend, in the main headliner of UFC 226, Daniel Cormier made history when he knocked out reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic to become the only second fight in promotion’s history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously and cement his legacy as the greatest of all time.
But Cormier insists his teammate and friend Cain Velasquez is still the best heavyweight of all time. Velasquez, a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, who’s sidelined due to chronic injuries and hasn’t fought in two years. Velasquez loses the title for the second time when Fabricio Werdum submitted him at UFC 188 in June 2015. Before this loss, Cain holds notable wins over the likes of Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Cormier said Velasquez played a central role in helping him prepare at AKA for Saturday’s fight against Miocic and no doubt Cain is sUFC 226till the best heavyweight UFC has ever seen. (Via BloodyElbow)
“The reason the fight was so easy today was because for the last 8 weeks I’ve been getting beat up by Cain Velasquez,” Cormier said of his preparation for Miocic at the UFC 226 post-fight press conference. “He’s still the best, man. He’s the best heavyweight the UFC has ever seen. He does things that you just don’t expect somebody to do. Still, outta shape, he comes in here and does three or four rounds with me – and I’m exhausted.”
Cormier said Cain is so proud of his UFC 226 feat and on being asked if he ever squares off against his friend, Cormier said I wouldn’t even consider the idea.
Velasquez last fought at UFC 200 where he won the bout via the first-round TKO over Travis Browne back in 2016.
Cormier is expected to defend his title against former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar sometime later this year, whom Velasquez defeated at UFC 121 in 2010.
Do you agree with Cormier’s statement on Cain Velasquez?