Once Cain Velasquez tasted UFC gold, he never wanted to be without it.
Unfortunately, due to a knee injury – and the deadly hands of Junior dos Santos – Velasquez didn’t have a very long run atop the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Now, after successfully retaining the belt by battering “Cigano” for 25 minutes, the two warriors will collide in October at UFC 166.
“What most motivated me after that loss was the feeling that something was missing in my life,” said Velasquez, during the UFC World Tour press conference. “That was the belt. I didn’t like that feeling and would do anything in my power to get it back.”
Velasquez (12-1) has won three straight fights, including two over Antonio Silva, since that November 2011 meeting with dos Santos. The second win over “Bigfoot” was his first successful title defense.
Despite being less than 100-percent during the first encounter with the Brazilian, Velasquez said what’s “done is done,” and is “in the past.”