UFC 104 features one of the most interesting heavyweight bouts of the year. Shane Carwin (11-0) and Cain Velasquez (6-0) put their respective undefeated streaks on the line as the square off in one of the night’s featured match-ups. At stake is quite possibly the next heavyweight title shot against current champion Brock Lesnar.
“The scouting report on Cain is that he is well rounded and has an unlimited gas tank,” Carwin noted of his opponent in an interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com. “He is an aggressive fighter who posses a ton of skill. He trains with one of the elite camps in the world so I really expect him to be in top shape and ready to go.”
Carwin went on to note that he feels that he has an advantage over Velasquez in the striking department.
“I think my striking is an advantage,” he noted. “A good example was when Gabe took me down, we had drilled that situation so many times that it was like second nature getting back to my feet. You kind of go on auto pilot when the cage door closes. That is why a lot of guys say pre-fight ‘I am going to stand and bang’ and they’re shot as soon as a single leg happens. You’re not thinking about your interviews or promises made to your fans. Your going over your game plan and looking for those situations your coaches told you would be there. My trainers Trevor and Christian don’t get the credit they deserve a lot of times.”
As for whether or not he would get a title shot after the fight, he said “I think the UFC has shown time and time again that they give those shots to the guys that are the most exciting. You have Randy and Nogueira fighting, and then you have great guys like Junior Dos Santos. I am in awe of the fighters in the UFC Heavyweight Division, they have really built up the talent pool.”
UFC 104 takes place on October 24, 2009 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.