In a little over two weeks, the ever so modest UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez, will defend his title for the first time since taking the belt from Brock Lesnar a little over a year ago on Oct. 23, 2010, at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California.
In the process, he will try to extend his undefeated streak to 10.
Velasquez will return to the place where he won his championship and will have the added pressure of performing in front of his friends and family in his home state. Not only that, he'll be shaking off some ring rust after a year-long layoff due to a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Standing in his way is the dangerous Brazilian striker with arguably the best hands in the heavyweight division, Junior dos Santos.
Oh and by the way, Velasquez will also have the pressure of being the first UFC champion to headline a major UFC event on FOX, the same network that carries MLB's World Series and the NFL's Super Bowl.
The often quiet heavyweight opens up in a candid interview with Fighters Only Magazine and says he doesn't know if he'll ever be a superstar in the sport.
Velasquez openly admits, like the majority of athletes, that he prefers to be training instead of doing interviews. With Cain being of Mexican descent, his has double the media responsibilities of most fighters, as he has to do both English and Spanish interviews. However, Cain knows its part of the territory and thanks his parents for instilling in him the attitude of just doing your job to the best of your ability without complaining:
"I just know that it is part of the job and it's something that I have to do. I'd rather train and fight rather than doing and other kind of stuff, but I know that doing the media tours and all that is a big part of the sport. Watching my parents go to work every day and not complain, even while they were working crappy jobs, I think I have taken that from them and put it into everything I do."
The always respectful and humble Cain was quick to dismiss any notions that he considers himself a superstar, but he did take the time to critique and compliment his fellow heavyweight colleagues:
"Whether or not I'll ever be a superstar, I don't know. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess."
Velasquez has truly been instrumental in ushering in a new era of heavyweights in MMA. With other divisions stars ruling the headlines and pound-for-pound lists for the last couple years, Cain has his work cut out for him if he plans to match the championship runs of UFC title holders such as Anderson Silva (middleweight) and Georges St. Pierre (welterweight).
He definitely has talent and time on his side but as he admits, he has to take it one fight at a time.
His long journey begins on November 12 in Anaheim, California, in the monumental debut of the UFC on FOX against the very game and dangerous, Junior dos Santos.
Here he comes.