Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez will put his title on the line for the first time ever when he takes on number one contender Junior dos Santos at the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2011.
And "Cigano" knows a trip to the hometown of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) means the champ will likely have the fans in his corner when they hook 'em up in the five round main event.
Dos Santos has been cracking skulls (literally) and taking names since his Octagon debut back in 2008. He has rattled off seven consecutive wins since that time, finishing five of those fine folks before the final bell.
And if you haven't cheered for him by now, the Brazilian will "make you cheer for him" on fight night.
"Actually, I don’t pay much attention to the fans before the fight," Dos Santos told Tatame.com. "My focus is on my opponent. I get into the octagon looking at him, thinking about him and I have only my game plan in mind. I guess where we’re fighting, the fans will support him, but that’s not a problem… I’ll make them cheer for me. He’s so far undefeated, he’s the UFC champion, and that’s what I’m worried about. I don’t mind if he’s undefeated so far or if he’s a tough guy or if it’s Velasquez. To me it only matters that he’s the UFC champion and I want to become a UFC champion. I’ll be 100% for this bout, I’m feeling great. I guess it’s my time. It’s my turn. I’m improving everything in my life and, on the day of the fight, I’m sure I’ll bring this belt to Brazil."
Velasquez has not competed since beating Brock Lesnar to a pulp at UFC 121 in Oct. 2010 to win the belt. He has been on the mend ever since, recovering from a serious shoulder injury, which required even more serious surgery to repair.
With such a long layoff, as well as a fighting such a formidable opponent immediately upon his return, "Brown Pride" may need all the help he can get to thwart his Brazilian foe.
But will you cheer for him on Nov. 19?
How about it Maniacs, whose side are you taking in this highly-anticipated title fight?