"I think his hand speed makes him tough. I'm expecting this fight to go five rounds, go back and forth and be a close fight. That's what I have in my head going into this fight, to keep my body ready and my mind ready. There's no question I can go five rounds. I do it regularly in practice, going five rounds with multiple sparring partners. Those are the toughest fights I have, in the gym."
-- More than year long layoff? Check. Potentially career-altering shoulder injury? Check. Surgery? Check. Despite all of this, UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez (via MMA Fighting) believes he's ready to go five rounds against division number one contender Junior dos Santos when the two lock up at UFC 139 on Nov. 19 in San Jose, California. Cain claims he does so regularly in practice and he'll have himself ready by the time the referee says "go" later this year. That's all well and good but will he really be able to overcome such a long layoff and devastating injury when he's got an absolute killer hunting him down inside the Octagon? It's a tall order, Maniacs. Think he pulls it off? Or will we have a new heavyweight champion just under three months from now?