humble as always. still a nice little stab at James Toney. Really high praise for JDS' hands and i agree with the Frank Mir pick.Velasquez picking Mir over Carwin at UFC 111
March 24th, 2010, 4:02 pm · Post a Comment · posted by CARLOS ARIAS
Cain Velasquez will be a very interested observer sitting cageside for UFC 111 on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on pay-per-view.
Velasquez, a former two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, has made a rapid rise in the UFC's loaded heavyweight division, going 6-0 with five TKOs inside the octagon. He is coming off his most impressive performance, a first-round TKO over former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 on Feb. 20.
Frank Mir and Shane Carwin fight for the interim UFC heavyweight title at UFC 111. The winner will fight Brock Lesnar to unify the championship in the summer. But if the Mir-Carwin winner gets banged up and is unable to fight, Velasquez gets the first crack at Lesnar.
"I'm ready for whoever has the belt," Velasquez said.
So who does Velasquez think will win the Mir-Carwin fight?
"I think Mir always has a good game plan," Velasquez said. "I think Frank Mir has a better chance taking the fight where he wants to take it whether it's on the feet or on the ground. Shane Carwin has that real knockout power. He can end it anywhere he chooses. I give the edge to Frank Mir as far as experience. Anything can happen, but I give him a slight edge."
Another top heavyweight prospect is Team Blackhouse's Junior dos Santos, who is coming off a crushing first-round TKO over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on Versus 1 on Sunday.
"I definitely think he is the best boxer in MMA, the best heavyweight boxer in MMA," Velasquez said. "He's fast and powerful. He fights smart and he has a good camp, too. So, definitely, he's a good fighter."
Future boxing Hall of Famer James "Lights Out" Toney recently signed with the UFC and he plans to campaign at heavyweight.
"It's good to have somebody of his caliber of boxing come in," Velasquez said. "Then again, MMA isn't just one sport. You need to be at the top level at everything to be successful. You can't just be a top-level boxer. It's just not going to work anymore.