Unbeaten UFC Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez stated that he will fight Minotauro Nogueira with everything he has and that their fight is going to be an all-out war:
“I am preparing for an all-out war on February 21 in Sydney. My opponent Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is an incredible boxer, incredible with jiu-jitsu, so I can’t really take the fight anywhere and expect it to be easy. I expect a war the whole time. I have been training with a lot more guys who specialise in jiu-jitsu to get ready for Nogueira, but other than that my training regime has been the same as usual – between two and three sessions a day. This could be the best fight of my career.”
Cain Velasquez is well-known for his self ciritique, and it looks like the talented extremely talented wrestler still refuses to give himself some credit for his victories. Velasquez was dropped twice by Cheick Kongo and dominated former IFL Champio Ben Rothwell, but a controversial referee stoppage did not leave a good taste from the victory:
“When I look back on my fights in the UFC, I don’t really have a favorite yet, but definitely the one that stands out most is my battle with Cheick Kongo at UFC 99. I went through some adversity in that fight, but I wouldn’t just fall over and crumble. I got hit and I came back on top and won the fight pretty easily. I surprised myself a little bit, I was willing to take his punches and then give back what I had. I think a lot of guys would have fallen. To take that kind of hit and then capitalize, it was great, but while I was really pleased with my toughness, I was not happy with the technical side of things, getting caught like that.”
The bout between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was reserved as “Plan B” by the UFC President Dana White, in case that either Frank Mir or Shane Carwin get themselves injured and could not challenge Brock Lesnar for his UFC Heavyweight title.