While his teammate Daniel Cormier thinks he will "take out" Antonio Silva pretty easily again at UFC 160, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez is well aware of the fact that the "Bigfoot" he fought last year at UFC 146 is much improved.
And while Cain's strategy worked to perfection in their first encounter, taking the massive Brazilian down to the mat rather swiftly and opening his forehead up from ear to ear, Velasquez and Co. are coming up with a whole new strategy for the rematch.
Velasquez broke it down during this week's UFC 160 media conference call:
"This is a whole new fight. Obviously, we saw what Bigfoot can do in his past two fights. I can't take him lightly. He's a special competitor and is really dangerous in the Octagon. I don't see this as anything less than a hard, grueling fight."
As far as motivation to get up for a rematch, Cain isn't lacking in that department:
"I'm fine with rematches. As far as motivation, I'm motivated to do this. A rematch, it is what it is. You have to look at it as a whole new fight with whole new strategies involved."
Since his loss to Cain last Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, the heavy-hitting Brazilian has been running rampant on the UFC's heavyweight division, knocking out all comers including Travis Browne and most recently at UFC 156, Alistair Overeem, the man many expected to get next crack at Cain's title and provide a stiff challenge for the 265-pound champ.
And sure, while many fight fans believe the fight would have been more competitive had Silva's forehead not received a hole in it thanks to Cain's razor sharp elbows early on, the fact remains, the former Arizona State University Sun Devil's wrestling technique is what allowed him to get in that dominant position in the first place.
Though his team at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) might bust out a new strategy later this month, it's safe to say Cain's outstanding wrestling skills will be on full display, yet again.
I mean, why risk shying away from what proved successful the first time, right?