Before Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos share the Octagon for the second time at UFC 160 just hours from now at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in "Sin City," the heavyweight title competitors were forced to endure one final formality:
For mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, the weigh-ins are the last time they will see stand face-to-face (see the staredown pic here) with their opponent before colliding inside the cage. Some fighters are casual when stepping on the scale, others use the moment as one final opportunity to try and intimidate their opponent.
Just moments after successfully making weight, Velasquez and Silva appeared on the FUEL TV weigh-in show to share some finals thoughts on their bout with correspondent Ariel Helwani less than 24-hours away from UFC 160.
First, the current UFC heavyweight champion talked about his staredowns with Silva at the media day/weigh-ins, if he expects a different fight than the first meeting, if wrestlers are Silva's kryptonite and how he plans on winning the fight.
On His Staredowns With Silva:
"I think he's playing little mind games where he's saying he's going to come after me. And I'm just telling him back that I'm going to come after you right back, so it's just a thing where we're just kind of sizing each other up for that."
On The Fight Being Different Than The First:
"Definitely. The same thing I always say in my head, ‘It's going to be a long grueling fight.' This is what I'm picturing in my head to get myself ready and if it does end early or whatever, than it does. But hey, I have it in my head that I'm going for the long haul and just make it a war."
On If Wrestlers Are Silva's Kryptonite:
"Maybe, maybe. I think so. Also, me and Daniel [Cormier] kind of have a similar style where we're a smaller heavyweight, quicker, we're using a lot of boxing mixed with wrestling, so maybe."
On How He'll Win The Fight:
"I see a war again. That's how I see it. Five-round war with my hand raised. No matter what the outcome is I'm winning."
The challenger also spoke with Helwani on the FUEL TV weigh-in broadcast, sharing his thoughts on putting his fist in the champion's face during the pre-fight staredowns and getting a rematch with Velasquez just one-year after their first meeting.
On His Staredowns:
"I don't know. But I put my hand on his face because there I'm going to target and I'm going to knock him out."
On Getting A Rematch So Soon:
"That's wonderful. I'm really prepared for his fight and now one of my motivation is we're going to fight for the belt. It's my time right now."
Just a few more hours until showtime, Maniacs!
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