Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez says despite the talent at 265 pounds, he won't ever find himself going up against anyone "tougher" than American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Daniel Cormier.
Too bad they will never tangle inside the Octagon.
That's because Velasquez and Cormier -- two of the best big men in mixed martial arts (MMA) today -- have vowed to never put their friendship aside and go toe-to-toe in a sanctioned fight. But, the two do go to "war" three times a week during training sessions.
And after seeing what undefeated (11-0) "DC" has to offer first hand, Velasquez is confident he will be champion in whatever division in which the former Olympic wrestling team captain (2008) decides to stay and compete.
His words (via Orange County Register):
"It's a war. It's a battle. It's a good thing. I won't fight anyone tougher. I fight him three days a week. We definitely push each other the whole time. He's still new to the sport. I see him constantly getting better. It shows in his fights. He's going to be a champion wherever he goes."
The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, Cormier, will make his Octagon debut against former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir when the promotion heads back to San Jose, Calif., on April 20, 2013, with UFC on Fox 7.
And Velasquez is confident his teammate will get the job done:
"That's the plan. He said after this one fight with Frank he's going down in weight to fight Jon Jones. I definitely have all the faith in him in that fight, for sure."
Of course, Cormier still has to actually get through Mir, while "Bones" currently has his hands full against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159. Should the two talented fighters win their respective fights, a 205-pound showdown could be on the horizon.
If the two ever met inside the cage -- for reals -- who would take it ... Velasquez or Cormier?