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Velasquez on JDS: ‘Champs don’t pick and choose fights’

Top heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez was none too happy to hear that his planned opponent, Junior dos Santos is calling for a fight with the unlicensed Alistair Overeem instead of focusing on their targeted bout. Following Cain Velasquez’s decimation of Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, UFC president Dana White made it clear that the UFC is planning JDS vs. Velasquez II next in the division.

“I like that fight,” White said in May when asked about a Dos Santos-Velasquez rematch. “Cain deserves the next fight.”

Velasquez knows that it is a possibility that he could lose his promised title shot, as controversy and dollars have changed opponents many times in the past.

“I see that,” Velasquez acknowledged. So then why not do it even if you don’t believe in the process? “That’s just the way I am. I’m definitely going to go out there and show a good fight. But as far as the trash talking beforehand, that’s just not my style,” he explained.

“I know fans want to see that, but like I said before whoever is next in line, you have to fight him. You being the champion need to fight the guy next in line, not pick and choose who you fight.”

When questioned on the validity of a title shot for the suggested replacement Overeem, Cain stuck to his humbled attitude, refusing to give an opinion.

“With whatever he’s going through, I don’t really care,” Velasquez said. “I just know what I’ve done to get here. Whatever I was promised, I was promised. That’s just how I see it.

“I definitely want that fight with Junior, so I’m going to do everything in my power to try to get that fight happening,” he maintained. “We’ll just see how it plays out, I guess. We’ll just have to talk to Dana a little bit here and there and see where he stands.”

“The only thing you can do is try to get this fight going. That’s what I want. I want this fight.”


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