After defeating Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight strap in 2010, Cain Velasquez's first title reign as champion didn't last as long as he would have liked, losing the crown to Junior dos Santos via first round knockout out at UFC on Fox 1 in his next fight.
That was Cain's first attempt to defend his belt after spending 12 months on the sidelines with a torn rotator cuff he suffered during his fight against Lesnar.
And as he gears up to complete his trilogy against Dos Santos at UFC 166 on Oct. 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas, Cain is determined to make it two consecutive title defenses, because as the Mexican-American champion told UFC.com, his goal is to stay at the top for quite some time.
And if Junior wants to dethrone him from the top of the 265-pound ladder, he will have his work cut out for him because he isn't planning on just giving his title away and will be throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him when the two go toe-to-toe at the Toyota Center.
"I did expect there will be a rubber match. It's one to one and I am going to win this one. It is dangerous to be comfortable on your feet with Junior. His strong point is his boxing. The one thing you have to prevent him from doing in order for me to win is to not let him get too comfortable on his feet. The moment he gets really comfortable and he settles, that's when he‘s the most dangerous. But, I'm not just boxing with him. I'm trying to throw everything at him. When he thinks I'm going to box with him, that's when I'm going to wrestle with him. When he thinks I'm going to wrestle with him, that's when I'm going to box with him. That's when I'm going to kick box him, I'm going to do everything. I'm an aggressive fighter; I'm always in your face throwing something at you. Whether it's boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, I'm always going forward. I'm not going to give this belt way. This is what I'm here to do, I'm going to stay champion for a while and on Oct. 19, I am going to come out on top. I'm going to stay champion."
The heavyweight collision headlines a stacked pay-per-view (PPV) event which also features Cain's teammate and wrestling coach Daniel Cormier taking on a much slimmer Roy Nelson while lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez collide in main card action.
What say you Maniacs, can Cain live up to his words? Will he rule the heavyweight division for the foreseeable future and beyond? Or will Junior knock him off his throne ... again?