Velasquez to JDS: You gotta get through me first

by Luke Thomas | source:

"I'm in line next for a title," Velasquez told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on Monday. "For Junior, I have the most respect for him as well as a person and as a fighter. I think he represents the sport very well. But as a champion, if you have a number one contender, then you don't normally get to choose who you fight."

"You just have to fight the number one contender," Velasquez continued. "Then that's it. That just how I feel about it. As a champion, you just fight whoever is next in line. You don't get to pick and choose who you fight."

Velasquez isn't necessarily confused about what's going. He knows why Overeem has suddenly emerged in the picture and why that fight could be made. It's just that he doesn't see this as particularly fair. "I don't think you as champion should choose who you fight. [Junior]'s not ducking me. He's a great competitor. He's a great fighter. I just think him and Overeem and him had some words spoken back and forth to each other and he wants to fight him. He really wants to fight him first, wants to beat him. But you gotta get through me first."

The former heavyweight champion also knows that in a world where fists and chokes decide who wins fights, words and statements can often first determine who is placed in those contests.

"I see that," Velasquez acknowledged. So then why not do it even if you don't believe in the process? "That's just the way I am. I'm definitely going to go out there and show a good fight. But as far as the trash talking beforehand, that's just not my style," he explained.

"I know fans want to see that, but like I said before whoever is next in line, you have to fight him. You being the champion need to fight the guy next in line, not pick and choose who you fight."

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stonepony site profile image  

8/7/12 9:57 PM by stonepony

And, Cain isn't sitting out with no license because he got busted for cheating.Handing Overoids a title-shot (that he didn't earn), as a reward for getting caught doing what everybody knows he has been doing... Would be a travesty.

subwrassler site profile image  

8/7/12 3:51 PM by subwrassler

I'd like to see Cain vs Werdum for the next title shot if they aren't giving it to Cain now.I think Overeem is going to be lacking a lil sum sum by the time he gets back in there...

Chigurh site profile image  

8/7/12 3:51 PM by Chigurh

Shut up Cain. Fight Werdum first.

subwrassler site profile image  

8/7/12 3:48 PM by subwrassler

come on man. that's a stretch.JDS is the only guy to ever beat him. It's not like Cain can't kick all of the other heavyweights in the divisions' asses. he doesn't need to talk his way into a shot.

epwar site profile image  

8/7/12 3:15 PM by epwar

But then Dana & Lorenzo couldn't push their faves into title shots.  It really keeps the UFC from looking like a legit sport (they are listed on Yahoo Sports, after all).    

WWC33 site profile image  

8/7/12 3:03 PM by WWC33

This is why I wish we had divisional leaderboards/rankings, let people KNOW where they actually are, who is the clear contender and who everyone else needs to beat in order to move up the ladder. I mean it isn't complicated, they did it in Mike Tyson's Punchout.

BzGrappla site profile image  

8/7/12 2:48 PM by BzGrappla

Honestly I see cain beating JDS this time around. I know its cliche...but that L prolly taught cain alot

ufcman187 site profile image  

8/7/12 1:27 PM by ufcman187

What is up with 1 fight win streaks getting title shots?Velasquez loses title to JDS, beats bigfoot and BAM ! #1 contender.Brandon Vera loses 3 in a row, beat Marshall, and could've been the #1 contender if he would've beaten Shogun. Machida loses the title to Jones, beats Bader, and BAM ! #1 contender

Gatorade site profile image  

8/7/12 10:42 AM by Gatorade

 maybe roy nelson should have to go through dave herman again to coach tuf

Choken Necks site profile image  

8/7/12 10:38 AM by Choken Necks

Would rather see Cain work his way back up to a title shot.