Velasquez happy to fight Carwin vs. Dos Santos winner

by Matt Erickson | source:

"It sucks, but it happens in this sport," Velasquez said. "People get hurt all the time and pull out of fights. But he'll come back, and he'll come back stronger. It sucks right now, but we already have somebody tough coming up with Shane (replacing him)."

Velasquez, who is still recovering from right shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, has been out of action since he beat Lesnar at UFC 121 last October to win the heavyweight title. The Mexican-American, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., has never lost a round in his MMA career, finishing all but one of his opponents with first- or second-round knockouts or TKOs.

But though he is the current heavyweight kingpin, looking at the landscape in the division, Velasquez believes the UFC made the right move by picking Carwin to face dos Santos for what UFC president Dana White has maintained is still a No. 1 contender fight for Velasquez's belt.

"I think (they made the right call), yeah," Velasquez said. "He was next in line, for sure. He's a tough guy. I think it was a good call."

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Northside Strangler site profile image  

5/15/11 9:12 PM by Northside Strangler

Pretty sure. He won all 3 against Kongo. He had a 10-8 first round against Rothwell and he won the first against Stojinic

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

5/15/11 1:03 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

"has never lost a round in his MMA career"? uhhhh are you sure?

RickMartelsArrogance site profile image  

5/15/11 11:53 AM by RickMartelsArrogance

I want to see a Strikeforce/UFC HW GP next year. Carwin Sergei JDS Bigfoot or Werdum rematch Cain Overeem Brock Fedor or Barnett if Fedor quits by then   

Deuce77 site profile image  

5/15/11 11:51 AM by Deuce77

Carwin would probably lose to Cain just as badly as Brock did.

JBob300 site profile image  

5/15/11 11:43 AM by JBob300

ya 3 best..pretty much 3 only. no one else in the division in the UFC currently has any real chance of getting the title and if they do defending it against any of the other 2 will likely pose a problem3 best...definately the 3 only.

Wade Hampel site profile image  

5/15/11 10:38 AM by Wade Hampel

The heavy weight UFC division is really starting to get packed with talent

Keith Hackneys Mullet site profile image  

5/15/11 8:59 AM by Keith Hackneys Mullet

Before I didnt like velasquez because of his tattoo but other than that he seems like a decent guy

mkou site profile image  

5/15/11 5:03 AM by mkou

I really like Velasquez and his fighting style. I feel as Carwin might be his biggest test if he can fix his cardio issues but I wouldn't be surprised to see Cain KO'ing him on the feet either.

azamc69 site profile image  

5/15/11 4:45 AM by azamc69

Classy dude. Velasquez showing Bones how to be a classy champ!!

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5/15/11 1:48 AM by soulcrusher

Beat me to it^^^^ My dam old lady fucking with me when im trying to post!!!!