Cain Velasquez says he's the true number one contender, not Alistair OvereemPosted on August 7, 2012, 11:25 AM by Anton Gurevich
Fresh off his victory over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez spoke about Junior dos Santos' recent remarks about teaching Alistair Overeem a lesson. Velasquez was proclaimed by the UFC President Dana White as the number one contender, but it seems like the situation changed after the original title challenger, Alistair Overeem, trash-talked his way back into the mix.
"I'm in line next for a title. For Junior, I have the most respect for him as well as a person and as a fighter. I think he represents the sport very well. But as a champion, if you have a number one contender, then you don't normally get to choose who you fight. You just have to fight the number one contender. Then that's it. That just how I feel about it. As a champion, you just fight whoever is next in line. You don't get to pick and choose who you fight. I don't think you as champion should choose who you fight. [Junior]'s not ducking me. He's a great competitor. He's a great fighter. I just think Overeem and him had some words spoken back and forth to each other and he wants to fight him. He really wants to fight him first, wants to beat him. But you gotta get through me first."
Dos Santos and Velasquez headlined Ultimate Fighting Championship's debut on FOX, with the Brazilian winning the title after just 61 seconds, via TKO. Since then, JDS defended his title against Frank Mir, also via TKO.