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Cain Velasquez says Fabricio Werdum's interim title 'doesn't matter'

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UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez discusses his upcoming championship clash with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188.

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UFC gold is just an accessory to Mexican-American heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. The wrestle-boxing standout is more interested in earning his divisional stake as the best, by beating the very best. The NCAA division I all-star spoke to Layzie The Savage about his upcoming Brazilian opponent, Fabricio Werdum:

"I feel good, I feel ready. I feel like this fight is gonna be tough because Werdum is a guy who's always getting better, who's always improving, but, with that, I feel like I'm always getting better and I'm always improving, so, I can't wait to fight in Mexico City. It's been a long time since I've fought and I'm in the best shape of my life - I'm 100 percent right now and I can't wait to just go out there and fight. As far as there being an interim champion right now, to me it doesn't matter. I understand why the UFC did that because I couldn't fight for so long...I understand that. If they would've gave the belt away to Werdum and Mark Hunt, I would have been fine with that, just as long as when I fight, I fight for the title. As far as the titles and the names - interim - it doesn't matter, just as long as I know I beat the best guys and I, am the best, and that's it," Velasquez said.

The American Kickboxing Academy representative has been sidelined from MMA competition for almost two years after a ravaged knee wounded the workhorse during a training session. UFC head honcho Dana White recently criticized AKA's training methods, blasting the pioneering MMA gym for their 'stone-age' coaching. Velasquez deflected White's criticisms by referring to to AKA as an 'old school' MMA gym and feels the best way to prepare for a fight is with blood, sweat and tears on the training mats.

Cain Velasquez will return to the Octagon for a title unification bout with Fabricio Werdum on June 13 in Mexico City for UFC 188's heavyweight main event.