Cain Velasquez doesn’t embrace the spotlight like so many of his fighting peers.
Instead, Velasquez prefers to remain just a normal person. He spends time with his family and trains like a mad-man at American Kickboxing Academy.
Some wonder back in late 2011 if the pressure of competing in the first UFC on Fox main event got to Velasquez. The former champion was bested that night by Junior dos Santos, but he will get his chance at revenge on December 29 at UFC 155.
“I think it’s a lot less pressure this time around,” said Velasquez, during a recent conference call. “I was never really a burden. It is just a thing we have to do for every fight, it is part of it: to sell the fight, do promotions. It wasn’t a burden.”
Velasquez suffered a knee injury prior to the fight, but didn’t have any second thoughts about pulling out of such a high-profile match. He also said that he is 100-percent healthy for his upcoming fight.
“Me being a fighter – and Junior, he was hurt, as well – we are just guys that go in and fight,” Velasquez said. “I don’t think it was the best decision, but I did it anyways. It’s in the past now.”