Chat with Cain Velasquez
Velasquez was a two-time All-American at Arizona State.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, we'll go inside the octagon when UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez drops by to chat about Saturday's UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin, which will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Velasquez (9-0) last fought in October of 2010 when he defeated Brock Lesnar to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Soon after the fight, it was announced that Velasquez suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and was expected to be sidelined for at least 6-8 months. He hopes to return as early as Fall 2011 to defend his title at UFC 136.
Send your questions now and join Velasquez Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:35 PM)
Hang on everyone, we're waiting for Cain.
Buzzmaster (1:54 PM)
Sorry folks, Cain must have gotten tied up. We're still waiting word.
Buzzmaster (1:56 PM)
We're getting Cain now.
Will (Rhode island)
Hey Cain, how soon can you get back to training?
Cain Velasquez (1:57 PM)
I've already started. Right now, I am limited to what I can do. I can't hit 100% with my right hand. I can kick, punch with my left hand. There is a lot of what I can do. This is my third week back. I feel pretty good getting back into it.
Do you fight only to provide for your family? Or do you truly enjoy fighting?
Cain Velasquez (1:58 PM)
For me, this is my dream job, as far as going in every day and working out for a living. Growing up when I first started training, I said this is what I want to do as long as I can. I love doing it.
Andrew (New York City)
Cain- How do you think the top UFC heavyweights stack up against the outside Heavyweight stars like Overeem, Werdum, and Fedor? Are you excited at the prospect of fighting some of these guys?
Cain Velasquez (1:59 PM)
I think the UFC does a good job. A couple of years ago, they did some recruiting to get some of the guys in the heavyweight division. I think they'd stack up well against any in the world.
Pedro (San Jacinto, CA)
Cain Who do you think will win the UFC 131 Main Event ?
Cain Velasquez (2:00 PM)
You know what? I could see both guys winning it, but who has the better chance right now, I would say Dos Santos. He's much better, quicker, more explosive, can box well. I give the advantage to Dos Santos.
Scariest moment of your fight with Brock, when he wrapped you up for the take down. You were very impressive getting out of it, but what was your brain process the man is monster
Cain Velasquez (2:01 PM)
Nothing really. We practiced that so many times in the gym. When that time came, it was second nature. At the gym, we have high caliber wrestlers. We worked on me being in the worst possible position and me getting out. That was his best shot at me. There was no thought process at all. I just did it.
How did you start in MMA??? i know you are a wrestler. But did you train MMA in one gym only or each discipline in separated facilities??
Cain Velasquez (2:03 PM)
After my junior year in college, I told my wrestling coach I wanted to start fighting when I was done. My coach told me once I was done with wrestling and get my degree that he would get me in touch with guys that could help me. As soon as I graduated, my coach led me to the best place to go. I packed up all of the stuff in my car and drove to California and started training. I just knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to start fighting.
Hey Cain, do you think the fight will end in the first round?
Cain Velasquez (2:04 PM)
I don't see it going too long. I see it going in the first or second round. I think both hit hard. Both want to make it a stand up fight. I think Carwin wants to get those close punches in. I don't see it getting past the second round.
do you like trading punches, going for the KO or do you want to take it to the ground?
Cain Velasquez (2:05 PM)
You know, it all depends on who I'm fighting. If I think their stand up is good or a threat to mine, then of course I want to beat them at wrestling. And vice versa. The fans like to see knockouts. Now that I've done the stand up part, I do too. Whether it's on the feet or ground, ending in punches, if I can do that, I will.
Who would be the better matchup for you, Dos Santos or Carwin?
Cain Velasquez (2:06 PM)
I think they're both similar fighters. I think they'll both try to keep it standing. Dos Santos is a more athletic heavyweight. They're both strong. It's a toss up. Both are better at certain things. But it doesn't matter. I want to fight the best guy. The best guy Saturday is who I want to fight.
So, are you definitely back later this fall for UFC 136 or whatever?
Cain Velasquez (2:07 PM)
We'll see what happens. They said maybe October for that Houston fight. If I can get back in time, I will try. If not, then November. The fall or winter. Hopefully I can make it back as soon as possible.
Scott (Northglenn, CO)
What other sport do you think you could excel at a high level at? I coudl see you as a tight end or power forward...
Cain Velasquez (2:08 PM)
I played football at high school. If I wasn't wrestling, I would try football. I don't know how good I'd be. If not that, my hobby right now has been going to Vegas and racing exotic sports cars and go-karts. That would be cool. I love doing it.
Keith (New Jersey)
hey cain, has anything changed in your life since winning the heavyweight championship?
Cain Velasquez (2:09 PM)
The biggest change has been more attention from the public and media. I would say the recognition for being the champ. That's pretty much it.
Mike (Tempe AZ)
Just wanted to say Go Sun Devils! You rock Cain!
Everyone talks about how big Brock is, but you're huge too! Were you intimidated at all?
Cain Velasquez (2:11 PM)
You know what, he does kind of intimidate with his overall size. You don't see guys that size, with his upperbody and his height. When I fight, I'm 6-1, 240. But Brock is like 6-2, 6-3, 265. He's a massive guy. That is kind of intimidating. But when it comes time to fight, it all goes out the window. I know what my goal is and what I have to do.
Scott (Northglenn, CO)
Heat or Mavs?
Cain Velasquez (2:11 PM)
For me, I don't really watch too many other sports. I don't even watch football any more. I like watching other sports like kickboxing, MMA, car racing.
Kevin L (Ontario)
Hi Cain! Whats the weirdest thing a fan has done or said upon meeting you?
Cain Velasquez (2:12 PM)
I can't think of the weirdest thing, but one of the coolest thing was a guy was almost in tears. It was kind of cool. You don't really see that from a fan. The guy was so proud that I did what I did that he was almost in tears. But as far as weird, I can't really think of anything.
Cain Velasquez (2:13 PM)
I've signed all kinds of stuff. Baby clothes. I signed someone's ultrasound picture. I've signed all kinds of stuff. Some people have handed me the phone to talk to someone.
Would you like that the UFC have an event in Mexico ?
Cain Velasquez (2:14 PM)
Yeah, I definitely would. That would be one of my ideal places to fight in. It would be in Arizona or in Mexico. That would be my ideal places.
Ry (Eugene, OR)
Cain, did you ever consider playing another sport at ASU? How do you think the football team will fair this fall?
Cain Velasquez (2:15 PM)
Growing up, I always dreamed about playing football for ASU. But as soon as I was there, it was all wrestling. It would be hard to do two sports. Hopefully they do good this year. I'm always pulling for ASU sports. I hope they do well.
what do you think of a possible fight with Alistair Overeem? and what advantage do you think you have over him?
Cain Velasquez (2:16 PM)
That would be a great fight. I think he has really good stand up. Explosive kick, explosive knee. That would be a great fight. I want to fight the best guys and he's up there as one of the best.
What do you think of MMA becoming more mainstream?
Cain Velasquez (2:17 PM)
I think it's great. That's where the UFC and everyone else wants the sport, for it to be a mainstream sport, not like human cockfighting. The recognition is good. There are so many aspects to it. So exciting to watch. It's hard not to like it.
I'm new to the sport, but I can say that I don't get the ground game, I like when fighters stand up. What do I need to know about the ground game?
Cain Velasquez (2:18 PM)
As people get more educated about the sport, they'll learn more abuot the ground game and transitions. As you learn more you will see how good it can be on the ground and everything. That's all it takes.
Jeff (Fort Worth)
With your wrestling and kickboxing you are a pretty complete fighter, but are there any techniques that you have been working on or planning to add to your arsenal? (Machida Crane Kick?)
Cain Velasquez (2:19 PM)
I'm always trying to get better all around. Trying to get punches stronger. Try to get my combinations faster. Kick stronger. Trying to mix it all together. Not really learning just one technique.
Cain Velasquez (2:20 PM)
Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it. I'm working hard to win fights. Thank you.