Exclusive Interview: Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez is a former All-American wrestler and undefeated MMA fighter who has yet to see what the second round looks like in his pro career. This Saturday at UFC Fight Night 17 he faces Octagon newbie Denis Stojnic, and all indications are that Velasquez’s undefeated streak will still be intact on Sunday morning.
In this exclusive interview, Velasquez talks with us about the choice of opponents, his transition from wrestling to MMA, and his thoughts on AKA’s recent dust-up with the UFC over the video game licensing deal.
CagePotato.com: You’re facing a guy who’s making his UFC debut in Denis Stojnic. What do you know about him and how have you been preparing for him?
The only thing I know about him is from watching YouTube videos of him. He’s an aggressive fighter, he throws some wild punches, and he’s an extremely tough dude. I’m working on turning the corner, not really standing there and banging with him, but looking for shots from there for the takedown.
You’re 4-0 and beat a fairly established UFC fighter in Jake O’Brien your last time out. Why do you think the UFC decided to put you up against a guy stepping into the Octagon for the first time?
I’m not really sure, but they did. I’m glad they did because that’s just more ring time for me. When I get up to the big guys, the big names, I’ll be more ready.
UFC Quick Quote: Thiago Alves is going to knock Georges St. Pierre out
“It’ll be a great fight. I’m very excited, I can’t wait … It’s going to be great. I saw what he did with BJ Penn and I’ll have to beat him a lot, do my game. I expected and didn’t expect [St. Pierre to dominate Penn] understood? (laughs). I knew he would win, but not this way. He’s much bigger than the BJ, a better athlete, and the sport today, in that level, you have to be the best athlete. I’ll go there to knock him out.”
– Number one welterweight contender Thiago Alves shares his hopes with Tatame.com regarding the outcome of his pending title fight with 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre. “Rush” recently restored order to a division on the brink of chaos by pummeling BJ Penn at UFC 94 on January 31. Now St. Pierre can focus on business in the welterweight division - most notably Thiago Alves. “Pitbull” has been on a two-year tear, with five of his last seven wins ending by way of (T)KO, including stoppages over ranked opponents Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan. This one’s going to be fireworks indeed.
Dana: GSP Victim Of A Stupid Cornerman At UFC 94
In the latest chapter today of "Vaseline-Gate", Dana White today appeared on a Boston-area radio station to further discuss the incident. White said he thought GSP didn't cheat, was the victim of a bad cornerman, and also said he wants to make BJ Penn-Kenny Florian ASAP, and in Massachusetts if laws permit.
Ian Freeman Faces Jail Over Tax Evasion
Cage fighter Ian "The Machine" Freeman faced jail last night after failing to pay tax for nearly 12 years.
The 41-year-old won the Cage Rage British Light-Heavyweight Championship last year, has a website where fans can buy his merchandise and has written a book.
Freeman also ran a company promoting cage fights, where rivals are allowed to punch, kick, elbow and wrestle.
But he told the taxman he and his wife lived off her £11,000-a-year wage as a pharmacy assistant.
Rashad Not Worried About Machida
"I'm not scared," Evans chuckled when asked if he was afraid of the No. 1 contender for his title. "Machida is tough. I gotta lot of respect for him but I'm gonna win."
But what about the fact that "The Dragon" just took out previously unbeaten Thiago Silva inside of a minute?
"His strategy going into that fight was all wrong," said Evans. "He probably just didn't have the tools to match Machida. Machida is clever man, that dude is tough."
Fedor Wanted Dana To Build Him An Arena!
You’ll remember a few weeks back, Five Ounces of Pain had an interview with Fedor manager Vadim Finkelstein where Vadim claimed there were no crazy demands for Russian events or Russian fighters bundled into a Fedor contract. Now here’s Dana directly contradicting him:
“When I first met with these guys, I was with them in the U.K.,” said White. “They said to me, ‘Here’s what we want to do. My brother is the biggest rock concert promoter over there so here’s what we want. We want you to build an arena in Russia.’ I said, ‘Time out. I’m not looking to build arenas.’”
Bobby Green, Carl Seumanutafa join Team USA West for M-1 challenge
"Affliction: Day of Reckoning" late replacement Bobby Green (7-2) and EliteXC veteran Carl Seumanutafa (4-1) will fight for the debuting Team USA West in the 2009 season of the "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction."
M-1 Global today released the lineups for the new team, managed by M-1's Steve Bash and California-based promoter Roy Engelbrecht.
The 2009 M-1 Challenge season opener is set for Feb. 21 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Seattle.
"TUF" outcast Gabe Ruediger looks for fresh start at Gladiator Challenge
Gabe Ruediger sat in his dressing room inside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, several minutes away from his first fight in eight months, and his mind raced.
"I'm saying to myself, 'Why am I even here?'" Ruediger said. "I'm asking my corner man, 'Do you think I can win?' He said, 'I can't tell you that. Only you can decide.'"
In the previous 16 months, Ruediger had become one of the most controversial fighters throughout mixed martial arts, from his infamous appearance on the fifth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" to a battle with the California State Athletic Commission to surgery that fused vertebrae in his neck. He prepared for the August 2008 matchup with Justin Wilcox in Fighting 4 Kidz hoping for a new beginning, but the decision loss could've threatened his career.
Alistair Overeem vs. The World
Always one to consider his options, the 6' 5? powerhouse is currently in talks with every major fighting organization in the business.
“My management is talking with the UFC, K-1, Dream, Strikeforce and Affliction but there is no deal as of yet,” said Overeem. “I’m in no rush because I still have 2 fights on my Dream contract.”
Nate Diaz feels like he whooped Clay Guida’s ass
“I know I lost the decision in the minds of the judges but I really felt I was whooping his ass the whole fight and he was just holding me. Before the fight people were asking me about his pace and if I would be able to keep up with it. I felt he couldn’t keep up with my pace and that’s why he was trying to slow things down by holding on and not trying anything. I even gave him my back so he would try to do something besides hugging me. A couple of times I looked at the ref to ask him if he wanted us to fight or what? Sorry I didn’t listen to my corner and stand with him more but I never thought he would be so happy to just stall like that.”
Dana White Talks P4P & Superfights
"I still wouldn't call (St. Pierre) pound-for pound the best in the world. But I would say, yea, he's No. 2. No doubt about it," said the high profile president of the UFC. "Anderson Silva has been annihilating everybody for a long time. Georges has some work to do now.
"If Georges takes out Thiago Alves, he's on his way," added White. "The pound-for-pound to me, I would say Georges St. Pierre would be neck-and-neck with Anderson had he not lost to Matt Serra."
WEC Officially Axes Welterweight Division, Announces Flyweights
World Extreme Cagefighting on Tuesday announced that it would add a flyweight division to the WEC championship divisions, confirming original reports by MMAWeeklky.com. The organization will no longer actively promote the welterweight division, instead continuing its focus on the lighter weight classes including lightweight (155 pounds), featherweight (145 pounds), bantamweight (135 pounds), and flyweight (125 pounds).
WEC 38 Fighter Salaries
MAIN EVENT FIGHTERS
– Jamie Varner $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone $9,000
MAIN CARD FIGHTERS
– Urijah Faber $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Jens Pulver $35,000
– Danillo Vilefort $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Mike Campbell $3,000
– Jose Aldo $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Rolando Perez $3,000
PRELIMINARY CARD FIGHTERS
– Benson Henderson $5,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuni $2,000
– Edgar Garcia $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Hiromitsu Miura $6,000
– Dominick Cruz $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Ian McCall $3,000
– Scott Jorgensen $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Frank Gomez $2,000
– Jesse Lennox $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. Blas Avena $7,000
– Charlie Valencia $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Seth Dikun $2,000
WEC 38 DISCLOSED FIGHTER PAYROLL: $217,000
Dana White's UFC 94 Video Blog - 1/31/09
last Dana's blog.
Interesting to see how out of proportion the vaseline thing goes, we can see Liddell talking to Dana and then Dana spoke to Rashad and the Crow and was telling that " the cornerman was putting vaseline ALL OVER the back of GSP " what a joke, i guess Liddell lost a **** load of cash on BJ !!
I am sure Dana took a close look at this by now and realized how ridiculous the ALL OVER THE BACK sound.
No Apologies From Georges St. Pierre
Less than two days removed from his successful welterweight title defense, Georges St. Pierre is already in the throes of another battle. Only, this one revolves around Vaseline.
B.J. Penn's corner alleges St. Pierre's trainers greased his back in between rounds, and SI.com learned earlier today that Penn's camp plans to file a formal complaint with Nevada State Athletic Commission.
St. Pierre sat down with SI.com to tell his side of the controversy, discuss his scientific gameplan and his thoughts on B.J. Penn.
The Meaning of Lyoto Machida for MMA
This Jordan Breen piece from Sherdog sums up why some of us have been excited about Lyoto Machida all along. After arguing that Georges St Pierre is the culmination of the first era of MMA, the complete fighter of our era, he argues that Machida points to future possibilities for the evolution of the sport: