If Cain Velasquez can’t take down Francis Ngannou in their UFC on ESPN main event this Sunday night in Phoenix, Arizona, then the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion will be forced to stand and bang with “The Predator.”
That would be bad, especially when judging by this Liddell-esque video of Velasquez hitting the mitts in practice. Folks, low and slow may work when you’re cooking a pork butt, but in a steel cage against a monster like Ngannou, it’s practically a death sentence.
“I’ve been well prepared,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie about the wresting-based attack from Velasquez. “You want me to tell you the gameplay? No. I think we are going to have the same Cain. He still has the experience. He stopped the fight his last fight, he ended up with a win, so he’s still got his confidence.”
Ngannou (12-3) is coming off a 45-second knockout win over Curtis Blaydes at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing, China, last November. The victory put “The Predator” back in the win column after suffering consecutive defeats to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis.
Velasquez (14-2), meanwhile, hasn’t seen action since UFC 200 in July of 2016, where he handily defeated Travis Browne via first round knockout in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that, the 36 year-old wrestler lost his 265-pound title to Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City.
At least he didn’t lose his mind.