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"I am preparing for an all-out war on February 21 in Sydney. My opponent Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is an incredible boxer, incredible with jiu-jitsu, so I can't really take the fight anywhere and expect it to be easy. I expect a war the whole time. I have been training with a lot more guys who specialise in jiu-jitsu to get ready for Nogueira, but other than that my training regime has been the same as usual - between two and three sessions a day. This could be the best fight of my career. When I look back on my fights in the UFC, I don't really have a favorite yet, but definitely the one that stands out most is my battle with Cheick Kongo at UFC 99. I went through some adversity in that fight, but I wouldn't just fall over and crumble. I got hit and I came back on top and won the fight pretty easily. I surprised myself a little bit, I was willing to take his punches and then give back what I had. I think a lot of guys would have fallen. To take that kind of hit and then capitalize, it was great, but while I was really pleased with my toughness, I was not happy with the technical side of things, getting caught like that."
Undefeated heavyweight standout Cain Velasquez talks about how overcoming adversity in his last fight against Cheick Kongo -- where he was rocked bad at least twice -- will help him when he steps inside the Octagon against former UFC interim and Pride FC heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Velasquez and Nogueira will headline the promotion's first-ever event in Australia, UFC 110, at the Acer Arena in Sydney on Feb. 21. The winner will likely set himself up for an eventual title shot later in 2010. So is Velasquez ready to rumble with the big cats or will the accomplished former champion send him to the back of the contender line with his dangerous mix of submissions and strikes?