Cain Velasquez will embark on a second quest to attain the UFC heavyweight title when he meets Antonio Silva in the co-main event Saturday night at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir.
Since dropping the UFC belt to Junior dos Santos last year, Velasquez has recovered from a knee injury and put all his focus on getting back to the No. 1 spot in the heavyweight division.
“I am 100 percent right now,” said Velasquez, during the pre-fight press conference earlier this week. “With this training camp, I paced myself and was able to rest my body a lot. I have my body where it was before.”
Velasquez suffered a first round knockout loss to JDS last November, his first defeat in MMA. “You can’t really dwell on the past,” the fighter said. “You learn from it, move forward, take that into your training for your next fight and try to get better as a person and a fighter.”
In Silva, Velasquez will be facing a newcomer to the UFC. “Bigfoot” lost in his last fight to Daniel Cormier, a teammate of the former Arizona State University wrestling star’s at American Kickboxing Academy.