Cain Velasquez stormed his way back into the win column in impressive fashion at UFC 200 this past summer, taking out Travis Browne in the very first round via strikes (see it again here). The win was Velasquez’s first since coughing up his Heavyweight strap to Fabricio Werdum one forgettable night in Mexico City a year prior.
Now that he’s back, healthy and with a win under his belt, Velasquez will be an eager observer as Stipe Miocic defends the 265-pound strap against Alistair Overeem this weekend (Sat., Sept. 10, 2016) in UFC 203's pay-per-view (PPV) main event inside Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
That’s because the ex-division king wants to face the winner of the title fight, claiming he deserves the chance to try and win back his title.
"I’m excited for this fight between Stipe and Overeem. I want the winner. I know I can beat whoever wins, so that is what I’m looking for. Those guys have earned the position that they are in with all the hard work they put it in. I just know if I get my chance, I’m going to get my belt back and hold it for a long time."
One of the knocks on Velasquez has been his inability to stay healthy for an extended period of time. Of course, while injuries happen all too often in MMA, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained fighter has taken the proper steps to reduce those risks. And now that he has his system set, Velasquez is felling good and is confident that when at full speed, no one in the division can touch him.
"Yeah, I think so. People know if I’m 100-percent going into the fight, there is no one out there that can touch me. I feel that way going into practice. There are just some things I’ve had to change to be that guy again, you know? It was just more rest during workouts, during camps, more maintenance on the body. And with that, I am able to perform the way I want to."
Ranked No. 2 in the world, Velasquez is in a good position to get back to the big dance, especially if Fabricio Werdum loses to Travis Browne in the co-main event of UFC 203. With a win, "Vai Cavalo" can throw the Heavyweight title picture into a flux and potentially set up a No. 1 contender eliminator rematch against Velasquez.
And that would be okay, too.