If both Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier win tonight at UFC 166, some folks will be reflecting on how it’s unfortunate that the two have no plans to fight one another. Cormier is moving to light-heavyweight as a way to avoid fighting his friend and teammate, which likely would have been tabled soon, since he’s the division’s #2 ranked heavyweight.
When you take a look at the heavyweight division, not too many fighters are as well rounded as Cormier and Velasquez are, which is why so many people would love to see them scrap. Of course, Cormier and Velasquez spar and train regularly with one another at American Kickboxing Academy, and the two recently relayed to the media what that’s like (comments via MMA Junkie.com).
“I know I won’t ever be on that bike by myself, because Cain will be there,” Cormier said. “I know I never have to worry about having a sparring partner, because Cain’s always going to be there.”
“We spar hard at least once a week,” Cormier said. “And it sucks.”
“I know I’ve been in harder fights with (Cormier) than I have in the cage,” Velasquez said. “There isn’t a tougher fight out there for me than him. I’m going against the best guy every day.”
Not surprisingly the two have a ton of respect for one another, and training together has unquestionably help both men develop into the top tier fighters they are. Of course, they’ll both face dangerous tests tonight at UFC 166, in Junior dos Santos and Roy Nelson.
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