Michael David Smith: I think the overwhelming reaction to your win over Nogueira has been that it was sort of a coming of age, like now everyone can say, "Cain Velasquez has officially arrived." Is that how you view it?
Cain Velasquez: No. I think I had already arrived a while ago. But I do think this proves I'm among the great fighters in this sport.
Do you see yourself as ready for a title shot against Brock Lesnar right now?
Yes. I'm ready. I think I've been ready for a while. The way this sport works is you've just got to prove yourself when you get the chance. I want to fight the best so I can be the best.
Can you share anything about what your strategy would be against Brock?
I think I'd have to wear him out for the first two or three rounds, because he's so big and strong. I'd need to be wary of him at the beginning.
But you think you could outlast him later in the fight?
I think that'd be my best option, trying to do that. He's a great athlete, and he has wrestled in the NCAAs, and you have to be a top athlete to do that, but I think that would be my best bet.
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