Velasquez wants toe-to-toe fight with Dos Santos

by John Morgan | source:

UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (9-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) may best be known for his wrestling pedigree, but he doesn't consider himself a grappling-first kind of fighter.

In fact, with a title defense against the striking-savvy Junior Dos Santos (12-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) on the horizon, Velasquez said he's ready to test himself standing against the Brazilian bruiser.

"I want to mix it up with him," Velasquez said Friday. "If the takedown is there, I'll take it, but I definitely want to mix it up with him."

Despite eight wins by knockout or TKO in his nine career victories, Velasquez often has been criticized for his lack of punching power. That perception changed dramatically in 2010 as Velasquez destroyed former champion Brock Lesnar, as well as MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Velasquez believes his new reputation as a feared striker is a perfect example of what it takes to be successful in MMA.

"You've got to always learn," Velasquez said. "You've got to always evolve. You can't just maintain at one level and try to keep winning. You have to always evolve with the sport. I think that's the one thing that's been big that I've been able to do."

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2cash2quit site profile image  

12/11/10 6:27 PM by 2cash2quit

GSP doesn't have 1/1000th of the balls cain has. Cain will stand toe to toe with the best striker in the UFC HW roster and put his belt on the line.GSP will put on his man-panties and try to grapple kos all night.

SchwarzerPanter site profile image  

12/11/10 6:24 PM by SchwarzerPanter

 lol it all goes back to who he is, as a fighter and as a man. you can fucking guarantee the world, right now that Cain Velasquez will stand toe to toe with Dos Santos and trade blow for blow with him- it's in his blood, it is his culture, his life He's MEXICAN, he's LATINO. This is not a "match" to him like it is to the majority of people who watch MMA these days. This is an all out fight. Mexican's, Mexican American's, Latino's in general they fight .. it's a cultural trait. It's proof of manhood. Cain will stand toe to to toe with JDS and fight. He may take him down at some points, sure. Maybe bang up JDS's dome piece for a bit .. But you pussy's who don't get it better bet your white asse's that there will be a fist fight that night ...

un3rgr0und site profile image  

12/11/10 5:52 PM by un3rgr0und

JDS has some nasty striking ability, just because he couldn't knock out Roy Nelson people are hating on him. Some guys just have a rock for a chin...I think JDS is capable of beating Cain but I don't think it will happen.

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

12/11/10 5:48 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

This is Dana talking. Cain doesn't want a "stand and wang" night with JDS but it sounds better than saying," I just want to get the win anyway I can." This fight is GREAT for US. We are in the MMA bubble. For the casual fans this is like John Ruiz toppled Mike Tyson in boxing. So, to sell this one hard to the casual fan who is pissed Brock isn't fighting; well, these two are going to stand on a dime and sling leather until one man drops. Buy the PPV casuals.

Dznuts site profile image  

12/11/10 5:45 PM by Dznuts

Maybe Cain knows something we don't, but from what I have seen, I think it would be smarter for him to shoot. Even though cain has good standup, I think he should go for the takedown.

BanjaCop site profile image  

12/11/10 5:43 PM by BanjaCop

I'd take Carwn beating Cain before JDS, couldn't finish Nelson.

Wasa-B site profile image  

12/11/10 5:40 PM by Wasa-B

Cain looks much better right now IMO due to the fact that he did annihilate Brock's ass but Brock also just collapsed in that fight. JDS looks crappier cuz he couldnt put Nelson away.Maybe that says something about Nelson and Lesnar as well.I wouldnt put all stock in those 2 fights.JDS is clearly the biggest threat to the title right now (in the UFC) imo.

explodin site profile image  

12/11/10 5:38 PM by explodin

Asbury is correct

asbury site profile image  

12/11/10 4:53 PM by asbury

lol @ cain standing in the pocket with jds. he dont have the chin or the hands for it and he knows it. total bullshit from a camp full of bullshit artists

Magic8 site profile image  

12/11/10 4:41 PM by Magic8

Yeah, pretty much.   JDS's stock dropped for me after the Nelson fight.