UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez will challenge Brock Lesnar for his heavyweight belt this weekend at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California. The American Kickboxing Academy has earned his shot by remaining undefeated in eight total fights as a professional and by securing UFC victories over the likes of Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. With this title shot, Velasquez is looking to capitalize on the opportunity to bring a belt home to the Latin community; something he believes is far past due.
“The Latin people here in the US, the Mexicans in Mexico, need a champion,” Velasquez said. “For us, who have a rich tradition in boxing, to not have a heavyweight champ is unheard of; we need it.”
Velasquez is immensely proud of his Hispanic heritage and is excited to be able to possible win the UFC heavyweight championship in honor of that heritage.
“I’m glad I’m able to be in this position that I can give that to them and I want to,” he said. “I want to give this belt to them. The people need a champion. This is the whole reason I got into this sport, to be the champion. I’m gonna beat him.”
Lesnar and Velasquez will square off at the Honda Center this Saturday night and will be supported on the card by welterweights Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann as well as light heavyweights Tito Ortiz and Matt Hamill, to name a few.