UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez returns from over a yearlong, injury-forced layoff to make the first defense of his title against hungry challenger Junior dos Santos – and he’ll do it in the main event of one of the UFC’s most important fight cards, ever.
Velasquez has no easy task in front of him, as his opponent is a gifted athlete who boasts sharp technical boxing on top of solid counter-wrestling. He has scores of knockouts to his credit, repeatedly showing the ability to end a fight quickly, with either hand. The champion believes that his opponent’s formidable skills when met by his own will make for an action-packed fight that will be perfect to indoctrinate new viewers to MMA.
“From both of us, (you can expect) exciting fighting styles. We don’t go out there and put on boring fights. We’re both going to go forward,” says Velasquez. “That’s what fans are going to see, that’s what people who haven’t seen this before are going to see, people who go forward and battle it out.”
Despite the fact that Velasquez will be facing dos Santos on the UFC’s landmark debut on Fox and their fight has been tasked with spearheading the promotion’s push into the mainstream, the champion doesn’t feel any more pressure than usual leading up to the fight.
“It’s just fight week. That’s what it feels like to me. It feels the same as any other fight,” he said. “I’m ready to go out there, I’ve had a long layoff, but I’m excited to be here again to fight in the L.A. area.”
Velasquez and dos Santos will square off in the main event of UFC on Fox 1 this Saturday, November 1, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. FightLine will be back beginning around 4:45om ET with our live, ongoing coverage of the event, beginning with the preliminary card, which will air on Facebook and FoxSports.com.