When Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar and became the UFC heavyweight champion, many felt like he could reign atop the division for several years.
Instead, Velasquez was forced to sit out for several months due to shoulder problems and when he did return, Junior dos Santos knocked him out in the first round and claimed the title.
Now, Velasquez will make his return to the Octagon this May at UFC 146 against a fellow former champion in Frank Mir. The bout has been designated as a No. 1 contender match, as dos Santos defends his title against Alistair Overeem on the same card. During a press conference to promote UFC 146 Tuesday, Velasquez discussed why he feels fully-capable of returning from the loss to dos Santos.
I mean, I love what I do. It’s just like wrestling, if you have a loss, it’s not the end of the world. You have to come back stronger. You can’t really dwell on that kind of stuff.
Velasquez feels like he was slow in reacting to dos Santos, but does not plan on doing the same thing vs. Mir. This should be an exciting fight, as Mir will look for the submission, while Velasquez will try to implement his strong wrestling base.
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