Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez lost his title to Junior dos Santos in just 64 seconds at UFC on Fox 1. While it must have been devastating for him, he was able to rebound and get back into title contention quickly. Cain was granted a rematch at UFC 155 on December 29th, and he told the media at a recent luncheon that he's looking for revenge (via MMA Fighting):
"It's been eating at me for a while," Velasquez admitted through clenched teeth at a recent media luncheon. "[The loss] definitely did happen, and it hurt. It sucked. I've been waiting for a while to get revenge back."
Velasquez has dealt with a variety of injuries lately, and it has limited the amount of fights he's been able to take. It's obviously frustrating, but Cain chooses to see the positives in long stretches outside the cage:
"You definitely improve with the (longer) layoff," said Velasquez. "The most important thing is you're able to take your time to come back into training. When you rush it and everything else when you have a fight coming up, that's when you get injured. You're just piling on too much in the beginning, when it needs to be (little) steps going into your training camp."
He also tried to explain why so many bouts have fallen apart due to injuries lately:
"It's just so easy to get hurt in this sport," Velasquez explained. "Whether it be cuts, your joints, bones, everything can mess up at any given time. The way that we train is just so much like a real fight.
"You definitely don't know (who's going to be on the card until fight night). Because guys, we're going to just be in the gym training our butts off, and that's it. We don't worry about getting hurt in the gym. We just don't. We go in, and we just try to get the best workout we can, compete against our teammates, because that's what we're doing. We're always trying to be the best even inside the gym. It's just so easy to get hurt."
He did say that he's 100% healthy though, and he's ready to kick off his camp for the December title match. UFC 155 is easily one of the most stacked cards of the year, and let's just hope Cain (and everyone else) makes it to the event unscathed.