As you likely already know unless you’ve been stranded on a desert island for a few months, this Saturday night UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez will put his gold on the line against potent pugilist Junior dos Santos and in the process usher in the UFC on FOX era.
Earlier today, both fighters spoke in a conference call with media about their upcoming clash while also making it clear their UFC superiors selected two excellent representatives for the company’s debut on network television.
Velasquez summed it up perfectly when asked what sort of bout he sees unfolding in Anaheim, saying, “We have exciting fighting styles. We don’t go out there and put on boring fights. We’re both going to go forward. That’s what fans are going to see, that’s what people who haven’t seen this before are going to see on Saturday.”
The undefeated Velasquez also added he’s driven to perform well in large part due to his heritage, explaining, “I want to represent hard working people. Whether in training or in the fight, it’s good to know I have people supporting me and it makes me work harder and train harder. I always want to go out there and represent them well. I appreciate the support from the Mexican fans and fans all over.”
The easygoing Dos Santos has his roots in mind too when it comes to bringing home the belt.
“I will give my best to make this belt a Brazilian belt. I’m ready to go five rounds, but I think this fight finishes before,” said the 27-year old. “Cain has amazing stamina. I think in this case, Cain Velasquez is the number one heavyweight now. I want to change this on Saturday. It’s going to be a great fight and a war. I think a lot of people are going to be rooting for him on Saturday night, but I know I’ll have a lot of people rooting for me around the world. I’ll use that energy on Saturday night.”
Fans can witness history starting at 9:00 PM EST with preliminary pairings streaming through Facebook in the hours leading up to the main event.
MMATraining Take: It’s clearly possible, but I would be absolutely floored if JDS and Cain somehow stink up the joint. Both men are terrific fighters who are dangerous from most positions and have beaten some of the best heavyweights currently competing in the sport. Truly, a sincere thank you from me to Dana White, Joe Silva, and everyone at FOX who made this fight possible because, as a fan, it fulfills a longtime dream of mine and it would have been insanely difficult to have picked a better match-up than the one going down this weekend.