Werdum: Cain’s style ‘perfect for me’
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez dominated Junior dos Santos Saturday night, and will next face Fabricio Werdum, who is undefeated in the UFC.
Werdum was at UFC 166 cageside, and discussed the main event and much more, with MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz. The A two-time ADCC worlds champion and two-time Mundial black belt champion believes his BJJ can stop Velasquez.
“Cain is impressive.” said Werdum. “The pace that he pushes the fight is impressive. He fought harder than the last time. ‘Cigano’ was well trained in his takedown defense, survived again because he’s a warrior. You can’t say a thing about ‘Cigano’. He tried his hay makers and Cain handled that well. After every punch ‘Cigano’ threw, Cain broke his attack with a jab, clinch or takedown. I’ve noticed that perfectly in this fight. ‘Cigano’ couldn’t avoid the clinch work.”
“It’s too soon to say that I will submit him or what’s going to happen in this fight. It will be a great fight. His style is perfect for me. ‘Cigano’ is a striker so Cain worked intelligently to use the right strategy to avoid that. It won’t be a slow-paced fight. I won’t let him do that clinch game with me. I expect an exciting fight standing and on the ground.”
“He will try to take me down, and I can also take him down. I’m training wrestling with Kenny Johnson and my wrestling has become better and better. The fight is going to the ground. Cain will take me down, but I won’t give him my back. I’ll do a good guard, try submissions. I will always do something.”
“If Velasquez defeats me, he will break the record for most title defenses in the heavyweight history. Cain Velasquez is making history already. But, in my opinion, the best heavyweight of all-time is Fedor Emelianenko. Cain is on his way, but he won’t get there. I want to beat the best in the world. I have defeated Fedor and ‘Minotauro’, and winning this title against Cain, who is considered one of the best of all-time, will be incredible.”