According to MMAMania.com, up-and-coming prospect Cain Velasquez will take his first real jump in competition against the seasoned veteran Heath Herring. Velasquez has been brought along relatively slowly by the UFC brass due to his enormous potential. He has amazing power in his punches and was an All-American wrestler at Arizona State. He nows trains with the legendary American Kickboxing Academy, getting some of the best training in the world.
We saw him last at UFC Fight Night 17 against Denis Stojnic, an extremely overmatched opponent who was making his UFC debut. Velasquez pounded on the man for the better part of a round and a half, making it the first time he had a fight reach the second round. With the win he improved his record in the UFC to 3-0. In all of his wins he has looked very solid against average competition, it remains to be seen what he can do against a guy like Herring.
Herring has been in the ring with some of the best MMA heavyweight division has to offer. He fought Big Nog three times, he fought Fedor, as well as Cro Cop, Lesnar, Kongo, Vitor Belfort and Mark Kerr in his prime to name a few. It is safe to say that the man will be coming to fight, and win. Last time out, we saw Herring get absolutely manhandled by Brock Lesnar, he was able to ride out the three rounds without getting finished, but Lesnar inflicted major damage. It was more of a testament to Herring’s toughness than to Brock’s lack of finishing power considering at UFC 91 he KO’d Randy Couture.
All in all, Velasquez should win this fight. He has a lot of hype behind him and Herring isn’t getting any younger. Herring would most likely prefer to keep this fight standing considering how much better of a wrestler Velasquez is. Herring has worked extensively with Rob Kaman on his kickboxing, and he will need it to weather the big power in Velasquez’s hands. I predict that Velasquez is going to get a TKO sometime in the later rounds. For a heavyweight Velasquez has solid conditioning and I expect he will wear Herring down and eventually pound him out.
Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva, Caol Uno vs Spencer Fisher, this fight, potentially Dan Hardy vs Marcus Davis, and the possible return of Mirko Cro Cop is shaping this card very nicely. To go along with the debut of the UFC in mainland Europe, this card should be very entertaining. Considering how UFC 100 is supposed to be the best card in the promotion’s history, we should be getting two awesome cards back to back.