Daniel Cormier says his training partner and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez, will suffer a case of Déjà vu when he takes on Antonio Silva at UFC 160 later this month (May 25, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada, by taking out his foe just as swiftly as he did the first time.
Cain blitzed through "Bigfoot" in their first encounter last Memorial Day Weekend at UFC 146, cutting open the Brazilian's forehead in the opening moments of round one, forcing an eventual referee's stoppage in just under four minutes.
And while many mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters would have a hard time getting motivated for a rematch against someone who barely put up a fight the first time, according to "DC," Velazquez won't have that issue when he faces the hard-hitting big man for the second time in 12 months, because the goal is the same for Cain regardless of his opponent.
Cormier broke it down during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
"Cain doesn't really need motivation, man. He knows that he is fighting to support his family that he loves more than anything. He loves his daughter, he loves his wife, his family, and he wants to support them. His motivation is being the champion. Some guys, you see it on them. It's going to be hard to get that belt off of him because they love everything that being the champion brings. Jon Jones is that guy. When Vitor was breaking his arm, Jon wasn't going to tap because everything that being a champion brings means a ton to him and that's how Cain is. Everyday he gets in the gym he works his butt off. He's working as hard as he did for Junior dos Santos. I don't envision this fight going any differently than the first fight. I think Cain is going to take him out pretty good. But, Bigfoot has put himself in a situation where he deserves his title shot."
The former Olympian himself knocked out Silva two years ago in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, eight months before Cain manhandled the massive Brazilian in "Sin City."
Two knockout wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem later, and "Pezao" is now fighting for his second world title, winning the EliteXC strap back in 2008.
But will he come up short in his first championship fight inside the Octagon? If so, will he at least put up a better showing than his first battle against Cain? Daniel Cormier seems to think he won't.