SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 29: UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez of the United States poses for a portrait at Tramway Oval on February 29, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Cain Velasquez is not a happy man. He's not the type of guy to come out and talk a bunch of trash, but he feels he has earned a chance to get his UFC heavyweight title back from Junior dos Santos, and can't understand why the fight hasn't been booked yet. The main problem is that Cigano still wants to fight Alistair Overeem, but he's suspended until December. Velasquez was granted a title shot in the meantime by Dana White but as time drags on, it's looking less and less likely. Cain was a guest on The MMA Hour with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani yesterday, and he used logic to explain his side of things:
"You just have to fight the number one contender," Velasquez continued. "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."
Velasquez (10-1) then addresses the major roadblock, Overeem, while still being respectful to the champ:
"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 him and 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."
"I know fans want to see that, but like I said before whoever is next in line, you have to fight him. You being the champion need to fight the guy next in line, not pick and choose who you fight."
He has a point. There's no reason why Cain and JDS couldn't have fought in October, and the winner gets Overeem when he returns. But, that doesn't look like how it's going to go down. Cain's final thought was about as close to trash talk as you'll hear from the soft-spoken former champion:
"With whatever he's going through, I don't really care," Velasquez said. "I just know what I've done to get here. Whatever I was promised, I was promised. That's just how I see it."
Does Cain have a case here? Or is the UFC correct to go with the bigger fight in December, despite all the roadblocks with Overeem's licensing situation? I personally would like to see JDS/Overeem more, but I still think Cain got shafted and deserves the chance he was promised. As he said, the champion shouldn't get to choose who he fights.