Article

Fightnews - Raising Cain: Velasquez on the rise

The man fighting out of Arizona’s American Kickboxing Academy is a soft spoken, 6’1, 240 pound gentle giant. However, if there’s one thing that shouldn’t be mistaken about this writer’s description of this rising heavyweight star, is that he is, in any way, soft. With just three professional fights to his credit—and three victories by TKO—the college wrestling standout is nice with his hands. So, nice, that it prompted his trainer, Javier Mendez to compare Velasquez to one of the greatest of all time.

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.For the most part, UFC fighters are nice people.

And then there’s Cain Velasquez (3-0).

The man fighting out of Arizona’s American Kickboxing Academy is a soft spoken, 6’1, 240 pound gentle giant. However, if there’s one thing that shouldn’t be mistaken about this writer’s description of this rising heavyweight star, is that he is, in any way, soft. With just three professional fights to his credit—and three victories by TKO—the college wrestling standout is nice with his hands. So, nice, that it prompted his trainer, Javier Mendez to compare Velasquez to one of the greatest of all time.

“[Cain] will be the Muhammad Ali of MMA,” Mendez has told the press.

Young careers have been derailed by lofty comparisons in the past, as fighters who start strong find themselves crushed by the pressure of great expectations. Velasquez is flattered by the comparison, but quickly shrugs it off, opting to focus on performing in the Octagon.

“How can there be another Muhammad Ali?” Velasquez says when asked about the Ali comparison. “I just have to go out there and perform. Whatever anybody says, it doesn’t mean anything unless I deliver. I just sit back and do Cain. What people say is not going to help me.”

And deliver he has. Velasquez entered the UFC with a bang, dominating Brad Morris with pin point striking in an overwhelming victory. Before TKO victories notched his MMA record, Velasquez star shined on the wrestling team at Arizona State University, where he was a two time All-American. Despite the accolades received, martial arts began calling him even as he was grinding out victories on the mat.For the most part, UFC fighters are nice people.

And then there’s Cain Velasquez (3-0).

The man fighting out of Arizona’s American Kickboxing Academy is a soft spoken, 6’1, 240 pound gentle giant. However, if there’s one thing that shouldn’t be mistaken about this writer’s description of this rising heavyweight star, is that he is, in any way, soft. With just three professional fights to his credit—and three victories by TKO—the college wrestling standout is nice with his hands. So, nice, that it prompted his trainer, Javier Mendez to compare Velasquez to one of the greatest of all time.

“[Cain] will be the Muhammad Ali of MMA,” Mendez has told the press.

Young careers have been derailed by lofty comparisons in the past, as fighters who start strong find themselves crushed by the pressure of great expectations.


“How can there be another Muhammad Ali?” Velasquez says when asked about the Ali comparison. “I just have to go out there and perform. Whatever anybody says, it doesn’t mean anything unless I deliver. I just sit back and do Cain. What people say is not going to help me.”

And deliver he has. Velasquez entered the UFC with a bang, dominating Brad Morris with pin point striking in an overwhelming victory. Before TKO victories notched his MMA record, Velasquez star shined on the wrestling team at Arizona State University, where he was a two time All-American. Despite the accolades received, martial arts began calling him even as he was grinding out victories on the mat.

Click here to read the article.
Saturday, January 31
10PM/7PM
ETPT
Las Vegas, Nevada

Media

Recent
UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz superfight, taking place Saturday, January 31 on Pay-Per-View.
Jan 27, 2015
Joe Lauzon is one of the most entertaining fighters in the sport and is currently the all-time leader with 13 performance of the night bonuses. He said his son, Joey Lauzon, is the best fighter in the family. Joey is undefeated - 1-0 vs. cancer.
Jan 27, 2015
Top-ranked featherweight Chad Mendes breaks down how Keanu Reeves becomes the legendary John Wick, out now in Digital HD and on Blu-Ray™ and DVD, February 3rd.
Jan 27, 2014
The Rankings Report is a weekly UFC.com series that gives you, the fans, an in-depth look into the official UFC rankings. This week Matt Parrino and Forrest Griffin talk about Anthony Johnson's big win and look ahead to Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz.
Jan 27, 2015