Undefeated UFC Heavyweight fighter Cain Velasquez is set to take on former IFL Champion Ben Rothwell on October 24th at UFC 104 in Los Angeles, CA.
As the co-main event for UFC’s first event in Southern California in two years, this will undoubtedly be the biggest stage Velasquez has performed on during his young mixed martial arts career. Despite being a young heavyweight, Velasquez recently made some comments that seem brash for even the most experienced of fighters in an interview with MMA Fanhouse.
When asked who he thought would win a fight between himself and Fedor Emelianenko, Velasquez shared his unfiltered opinion.
“Definitely me,” Velasquez answered. “I’m a proud Mexican fighter. Anybody who steps in that ring with me, it’s like f**k them, I’m gonna beat them. The guy’s gonna have to kill me,” said Velasquez
Of course the guy isn’t going to say he thinks he would lose, but taking a more politically correct approach may have suited him better, especially with a formidable opponent standing in his way in just two short weeks. But then again, he’s a fighter, so what else would you expect?
Cain went on to comment on why, and how, guys like Fedor and Rothwell are so accomplished in this sport despite lacking a fighter-like physique.
“It’s not like the movies or TV with the biggest and most muscular guy going out there and being the baddest guy, it’s not always like that,” Velasquez noted. “Like Cheick Kongo, I don’t look anything like him, but if you got the heart and the fighter spirit, that counts for a lot.”
UFC 104 takes place next Saturday, October 24th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.