UFC 146's Cain Velasquez won't fight heavyweight 'coach' Daniel Cormier

ROSEMEAD CA - OCTOBER 21: Cain Velasquez answers questions at the UFC 121 open workouts at the UFC Gym on October 21 2010 in Rosemead California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but two guys who train together at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) don't want to fight each other.

To that end, I guess we can count Cain Velasquez as one of the few mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who are glad Daniel Cormier still has another fight left under the Strikeforce banner.

That's because the former UFC heavyweight champion, who battles Brazilian "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva at UFC 146 this Saturday night (May 26, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, tells MMA Fighting "DC" is his coach and despite their potential "collision course," there's "no point" to making them fight.

"I train with him every day, we spar three times a week, so I know what he has and I know how much better he's gotten just over a couple of months. He's still new to this sport and he's always getting better. We won't take [a fight against each other]. There's no point. We're training partners, he's my coach. How's that gonna be if I fight my coach? If it's for the title, we'll talk about it when that time comes, but we're just fighting other guys right now. We're not gonna fight each other."

Hear more from Velasquez including his gameplan for overcoming Silva, after the jump.

Cormier emerged a serious title contender after stopping "Bigfoot" late last year. He went on to prove his performance was no fluke by dominating Josh Barnett earlier this month and capturing the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title in San Jose.

Are these two on an eventual collision course? Or will Silva throw a wrench in those plans this weekend in "Sin City?"

More on that upcoming fight right here.

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