"I'm not concerned about the size factor whatsoever. Cain's used to wrestling with guys his size and bigger. It might be more of a deterrent for Overeem, because of Cain's quickness and speed. Due to the fact that Overeem is an incredible striker, it would be stupid to simply strike with him. Of course we'd strike with him, but we wouldn't strike with him know what I mean? If we choose to stand with him, that's probably one of those fights that we would lose ... Critics used to say Cain had 'pillow hands.' The thing about Cain Velasquez that the people don't understand is that you are watching a fighter that keeps evolving, he keeps learning, and getting better ... If you watch his fights, you'll notice a big improvement with every fight. He went from having "no hands" to knocking people out! If you watched him on Sports Science on ESPN, they tested his punching power. He punched harder than anyone who has ever appeared on that show. How is that possible? I'll tell you how it's possible, he refined it, he worked on it. There's a saying 'with technique, comes power. When you hone that technique, you'll bring the power.' It took Cain a while, don't get me wrong. He couldn't hit hard at all, but he never stopped trying, and he has good speed. When you combine good speed and good technique, your going to generate some power."
American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) head trainer, Javier Mendez, tells LowKick.com that he is confident his star pupil and UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez could defeat Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem if the two ever met inside the Octagon -- as long as "Brown Pride" didn't choose to stand and strike. While Mendez has nothing but praise for the ever-improving hands of Velasquez, he also recognizes how "stupid" it would be to try and outstrike "Demolition Man," who among other things, recently captured top honors in the 2010 K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix. So how about it Maniacs, is this a fight we'll ever get to see? And who takes this battle of striker vs. grappler?