Although Cain Velasquez’s stunning 2011 knockout at the hands of Junior dos Santos is still very clear in everyone’s mind, Velasquez has been an extremely dominant force in the heavyweight division. Not only did he avenge his loss to Dos Santos in a five-round destruction of the Brazilian, but he’s also never lost prior to that fight. With Velasquez the current champion, and a rubber match between the two in store, Velasquez has a lot on his plate. But that being said, who are his biggest threats to the champ? Let’s take a look.
5. Alistair Overeem
While he was embarrassed in his upset loss to “Bigfoot” Silva, let’s not forget the amount of power he possesses in his devastating striking arsenal. There aren’t too many K-1 level strikers in the UFC, but as Overeem is one of them it gives him a large amount of potential in making his way back up to the top and knocking out everyone in his path. What’s holding Overeem back? His mental game. Overeem has got to find his rhythm and his stride here in the UFC and unleash his full potential. We’ve seen what happens to Overeem as the fight drags on – he gets tired and he drops his hands. If Overeem can harness the right amount of technique combined with aggression and initiative, we could see a first-round KO’ing machine.