The last time Cain Velásquez entered the cage was in July 2016, when he destroyed Travis Browne in UFC 200. Since then, Velásquez has been marginalized by numerous injuries, to the point that fans questioned whether he would ever return. But on Sunday, the former UFC heavyweight champion will twice return to the UFC after his 30-month absence, and return to a very different heavyweight division.
While Velásquez has been out, teammate Daniel Cormier has consolidated his MMA legacy, becoming the second double champion in UFC history when he won the heavyweight belt by knocking out Stipe Miocic in a round at UFC 226. Cormier became in the first man to defend the UFC belts in multiple weight categories when he presented Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 just a few months later.
However, Cormier does not have much time left in the sport. "DC" said earlier that she intended to retire in March, but only this week she announced that she would postpone that schedule while recovering from some persistent injuries. And when Cormier finally walks away, Velásquez is ready to face anyone to claim the heavyweight title.
"[I will fight] Nobody, "Velásquez told TMZ Sports recently," That's why I'm in this sport: fight against the best guys, be the best in the world. "For me, go out and act, win and face the best players" .
Among the types considered as the best in sports is Jon Jones. Jones, Cormier's former rival, is the only man to beat the heavyweight champion in MMA. And while at this point, it seems unlikely that Jones and Cormier will face each other again, Velasquez believes he can avenge the loss of his teammate against "Bones."
"I think I could," Velasquez said. "I think I'm good enough, Jon Jones is an incredible athlete, I've seen him in all his fights, I know what he's capable of." Once again, all the men pose a great challenge and I think he does too, but I think I can beat him. "
The first Velázquez must worry about this weekend, as the former heavyweight champion faces third placed Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Phoenix.
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I am trying to change the name of the individual awareness day, what are your plans for February 14?
– Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) February 12, 2019
This is true. He also lost four of his last five.
Now I have fought 11 fights against the top 5 ranked opponents in a row. I have not won them all, but in my defeats they were all competitive fights and very easy to win for me. I love this game and I'm excited about the future.
– Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 12, 2019
I hope you're there to fight for money. The belts do not pay bills.
It's sad that after 13 fights in the @ufc against most of the main contenders, people still have the nerve to think that I am here to fight for money. My goal has always been to fight against the best, win the belt and be the belt from the first day … my goals have not changed. # ufc235 #stillkickin #goals
– Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) February 12, 2019
Look, they get it.
Your hand is fine, pussy, did not you even hit me with it? Making excuses about not acting because you know! I will face you again in Brazil and I will finish next time. And I felt a little bad for having limped in the back, so I left you alone.
– Ryan Scope (@ ryanscope1) February 12, 2019
Tyrell Fortune (5-0) against Ryan Pokryfky (6-5); Bellator 216, February 16.
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