Make a comeback Cain! Lets get it on! C’mon!
Coming up the ranks, as a contender, and as a champion, Cain Velasquez was able to break every single one of his opponents. His style of fighting combines his unrelenting spirit, his smothering pressure, and his powerful and athletic frame. No matter who he fought, a striker or a wrestler, it seemed that nobody could defeat Cain Velasquez. Until Fabricio Werdum came along and out-struck, out-maneuvered, and out-did the indomitable beast.
Many fighters were picking Cain Velasquez to win. But is it really that big of a mystery why Fabricio Werdum was able to defeat Cain? Now that Fabricio has legitimately defeated Cain Velasquez, has he set the blue print for other fighters to do it too? No matter whether there is a blue print or not, I really hope to see Cain get back in the cage and tear through the heavyweight division once again to get that belt.
When Cain Velasquez defeated Cheick Kongo at UFC 99, I saw this beast of a fighter. Someone that had such powerful and fluid movement. He didn’t have the reach or the striking to defeat Cheick, but he had the heart, the speed, and the ability to maneuver his body, find the right opening and get on the inside. More than anything, Cain understood how to leverage his body and his weight to convert into power. He did not give his opponents the opportunity or the room to figure out their distancing and timing. Cain laid the action on and he laid it on fast.
The following matches after Cheick Kongo were against former NFL player Big Ben Rothwell and MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. None of these I thought was actually a serious fight. Not even when he met Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight belt.
Brock Lesnar was a collegiate wrestler, made his money in the WWE, and burst on the MMA scene as a half-show half-legitimate fighter used to revive the dry heavyweight division and further bring UFC into American homes. Brock was able to defeat Frank Mir and Shane Carwin in defending his heavyweight title. Although it could be argued that Frank Mir was over his prime, and that Shane was more of a one punch hero rather than an MMA fighter. There was no question in my mind that Cain would defeat Brock.
After becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain stuck to and improved his style. Smothering, angling to get on the inside, chasing down his opponents, peppering with punches, grinding against the cage and making them carry his weight. Phenomenal fights against Junior Dos Santos and Big Foot Silva. Junior was the second best heavyweight and he didn’t even come close to Cain.
In comes Fabricio Werdum. In 2010, Fabricio Werdum was the first to defeat the great Fedor Emelianenko. After re-entering the UFC in 2012, he showed the fight world a new and improved Fabricio Werdum. Awesome striking and footwork against Roy Nelson. Submitted the BJJ Legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via armbar. Defeated the heavyweight contender Travis Browne. Knocked out the human version of Thing from Fantastic Four Mark Hunt. In the span of 2 years, Fabricio Werdum took out the entire heavyweight division with the exception of number 2 (Junior Dos Santos), and number 1 (Cain Velasquez).
But wait, there’s more. Fabricio Werdum started fighting in 2002. He made a name for himself in Pride fighting against the people we now consider legends in MMA. Gabriel Gonzaga, Sergei Kharitonov, Jon-Olav Einemo, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He didn’t do very well in Pride, but he has the experience and the fundamentals from that great Japanese warrior arena.
Then in June 2015, in Mexico City, Fabricio Werdum slowly and surely, picked apart the great Cain Velasquez. Fabricio Werdum showed the fight world that Cain could be defeated with patience, distance, and very accurate striking. Now that Fabricio has shown the fight world how to beat Cain, will other fighters be ale to do it? Is this the beginning of the end of Cain? Does Cain have to go back to the drawing board, reevaluate his style?
From the bottom of my heart, I hope that Cain does not turn into one of those former champions that have “been there done that”. Who have made enough money and only fight once a year against opponents that are “interesting”. I want to see Cain get back in cage. I hope this fight brings out the rage in Cain and he shows us a Cain 2.0, like how Fabricio came back and showed us a T2000 version of himself. Fights against Andre Arlovski, Travis Browne, Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, Frank Mir. All interesting.
Lets do it Cain! Lets get it on c’mon!
Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum full fight video