Joe Rogan Claims There Had Never Been 265-Pound Version Of Cain Velasquez
There are many great Heavyweight competitors in the UFC. Stipe Miocic was the UFC Heavyweight division champion three times. He defeated big names like Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, and Francis Ngannou.
Daniel Cormier dethroned Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018, via fabulous clinch KO. He defended UFC Heavyweight title versus Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on November 3, 2018, via submission. “DC” also earned a victory over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 on January 20, 2018. He is a two-division champion at the moment. This was his year, no doubt about that.
Yet, Joe Rogan doesn’t agree. He thinks Cain Velasquez is the GOAT when it comes to UFC Heavyweight division. In the episode of Joe Rogan Experience, he made a comparison between 240 and 265-pound fighter. Rogan also said that Cain Velasquez had been dominating his rivals with superhuman endurance. (via MMAFighting.com)
“There’s a thought with the 265-pound weight class and the consensus thought seems to be that somewhere around 240 pounds is the magic number,” Rogan said. “That’s what they think. They think that 240 pounds is the amount of weight that you have where you’re strong enough that you can knock out any man but you have more endurance than a man that maybe weighs 265 or heavier and cuts down to 265. Now this has not been substantiated. The problem is, there hasn’t been a super powerful world championship athlete that weighed 265 pounds. . .”
“It’s hard to say because there’s never been a 265-pound version of Cain Velasquez. Cain Velasquez, in my humble opinion, when I look at all of the different heavyweights that I’ve personally seen fight, Cain stands out as the best. The reason why Cain stands out as the best is because he has superhuman endurance and his ability to put a pace on guys. You would see these guys just wilt under the pressure.”
Cain Velasquez didn’t fight since his TKO win over Travis Browne at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. He was set for UFC 207 to face Fabricio Werdum. Unfortunately, NSAC (Nevada State Athletic Commission) didn’t give him green light. Bone spurs in his back were the reason.
Joe Rogan believes the power of mind had brought Cain Velasquez to the top of UFC Heavyweight division. The color commentator also looked back at former champ’s various injuries. He also claims that “Cardio Cain” had been working every training session through the pain.
“I think with Cain – and this is where it gets really interesting – what did him in is also brought him to the top: his mental toughness,” said Rogan. “His body started breaking down. He started having all these back injuries. He needed back surgery, multiple back surgeries, shoulder surgery, knee surgery, everything was getting f*cked up and I think it was getting f*cked up because he was working through pain and he has the ability to tolerate pain that most people don’t have. He’s just a f*cking animal but that’s also probably what led to him having this insane endurance. It’s the same kind of mental toughness.”
Joe’s statement actually makes sense – the Mexican’s nickname is “Cardio Cain”. Cain always uses the same pace during the match. Do you agree with Joe Rogan? What would happen if Daniel Cormier would test his skills versus Cain Velasquez? Do you remember some match where this fantastic fighter looked gassed?