Outside of a knockout loss to Junior dos Santos -- violently avenged in two subsequent fights -- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has looked largely invincible since joining the ZUFFA roster back in 2008.
Just imagine what he could do at light heavyweight.
Famed weight-cutting guru, Mike Dolce, had a conversation with Bloody Elbow about the optimal body weight for the 265-pound kingpin, and he believes Velasquez would be better suited for a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) by shedding some of those extra pounds.
"Guys like Cain (Velasquez) that are extremely dominant, because he's such a genetic freak, I can still say, and any sports science person in the industry will agree, he's not competing at his optimal body weight. He may have good results with his competition performance, but truly, that's not an optimal body weight. You cannot convince me that carrying around 20, 30, 40 pounds of subcutaneous adipose tissue or non-functional body weight is going to make you a better fighter in the modern era of the UFC. It absolutely will not, just like it won't on the basketball court or the soccer field. These athletes have a much higher physical demand than any other athlete on the planet. Carrying around that extra weight just does not suit itself for this career."
Sure, he doesn't have any muscles, but he'll kick your ass anyway.
Unfortunately for the champ, who stands just 6'1", tipping the scale is the least of his concerns. Velasquez was bounced from his UFC 180 title fight after yet another injury and will likely be on the shelf until next spring. If not, he can say goodbye to his title and any chance of fulfilling this prediction.
Blasted subcutaneous adipose tissue!