This Saturday night, Velasquez will return to action for the first time since dropping the title – and suffering his first career loss – when he takes on Antonio Silva in the co-main event of UFC 146: The Heavyweights.
As a life-long athlete, Velasquez has experienced losses before. The one to Junior dos Santos, however, is one he plans on using to fuel himself until he gets the belt back again.
“It sucked at the beginning, for sure,” said Velasquez, in an interview with the Calgary Sun. “For me, I just have to dust myself off and get back up. I have to learn from my mistakes. That’s all you can do. You can’t dwell on the past.”
Velasquez is 9-1 in his MMA career, and will be facing an experienced and powerful opponent in Silva. “Bigfoot” was part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, defeating legendary fighter Fedor Emelianenko before falling to eventual GP winner Daniel Cormier.