Cain Velasquez is preparing himself both mentally and physically for who seems like the toughest all-around opponent he has ever faced in his MMA career. Velasquez expects a war coming into UFC 110, admitting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira can be very dominant standing up with his superb boxing skills and then of course on the ground with his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.
The Mexican-American fighter talks about covering some of the holes he saw himself having trouble with during his UFC 99 fight against Cheick Kongo. Although he was surprised with the hits he could take from Kongo and still win the bout, he still plans on fixing up some the technical aspects in his game.
From Cain Velasquez:
“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. 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.”