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Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez brings a lot of excitement to his fights from bell to bell. In an interview setting? Not so much. Velasquez is a great guy but let’s face it, it’s almost impossible to get him to say anything interesting. Just ask Ariel Helwani, who does about all he can to pry something, anything good out of Velasquez in this video.

In the wake of UFC President Dana White reconfirming this week that Velasquez has got dibs on the winner of Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar, Helwani asks Velasquez who he’d rather fight. Either guy, Velasquez says. Who does he think will win on Saturday, Helwani asks. Depends, Velasquez says. Would the businessman in him rather chase the bigger payday of a fight with Lesnar than Carwin? No, he just wants to fight the best, Velasquez contends. What will we see from him in his next fight? He just wants to get better in all aspects of MMA.

So yeah, pretty much sticking to the script.


The whole thing is a study in what football coaches everywhere call being “vanilla” with the media, which is exactly what you want to do right now if you’re Cain Velasquez.  Don’t say anything that might make Big DW start thinking about jumping someone else in line. The closest Velasquez comes to expressing an opinion or making a declarative statement in this interview is when he says if the winner of tonight’s fight comes out of UFC 116 without any lingering injuries he hopes his heavyweight title shot will come “pretty quick.”

And that hope frankly seems in vain. Even if Velasquez is able to challenge for the belt as early as, say, October, it will still amount to an eight month layoff for the fighter who last fought at UFC 110 in February. In that appearance, he defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by TKO in just two minutes, 20 seconds. Prior to that, he bested Ben Rothwell in under a minute, so his sentiments about getting back in the cage ASAP are duly noted.

With Velasquez already tapped as the next contender for the crown and Junior dos Santos waiting in the wings after that – provided he beats Roy Nelson in August – whoever emerges from this weekend with the UFC heavyweight title will have no shortage of tough fights on the docket.

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ghostboner- July 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm
Yeah I feel the pain guys. My whiteness has caused me much pain and sorrows as well. Like the time I tried to make the month of March "White History Month". Or the time I tried to have a big event at my local college. I put up banners that said "Come celebrate your White culture and ancestry with us at the White Heritage Festival! Games, prizes and ethnic White food!" But they all got torn down. Some people.
ghostboner- July 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Uh CP, you forgot to go back a little farther for the third fight where Cain "brought the excitement", where he got dropped by Cheick Kongo three times and layed and prayed his way to victory. Yeah, I'm still upset about that. No I won't just get over it. That fight should have been scored with Stockton rules.

I think Huerta was and is a really good fighter. I was surprised when Florian beat him. That was kind of the beginning of the beast that Florian is now. If we were voting on a Mexican MMA Rep, I would vote for Huerta over Cain.
KidDinomite- July 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm
As a latino I don't support Velasquez. He comes off as a charisma black hole and really doesn't have anything to say. Honestly, he comes off as a Latino stereotype, you know, those guys who had their fathers call them a sissy if you didn't play sports as a kid, pretty much all the Latin guys i grew up with, you know, the kind that say "ay" and "holmes" after every other word and shave their heads. His "Brown Pride" tattoo kind of cements that sentiment.

I actually think Huerta was a better representative. The guy shows emotion in his interviews and comes off classy even after a loss. His skill might not be up to par but he doesn't come off like a complete asshole.
El Guapo- July 3, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Yeah, that's pretty disrespectful of Cain to be proud of his heritage like that. Who the f'k gave him that right, right? Should deport his ass back to whatever foreign country he's from. That'll learn him..
jgrant- July 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm
Cain's only getting a title shot because White wants to break into the Mexican market. That's why he hasn't fought JDS and won't unless the belt is on the line. It's like when they were protecting Huerta all over again. As soon as Huerta started causing a problem he had to fight guys like Florian and Maynard, ya know guys that are good.
G Funk- July 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm
"Brown Chit" keeps his eyebrows more consistantly manicured than my wife!
CesarSalad- July 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm
"Prior to that, he bested Ben Rothwell in under a minute"

Yeah, in the second round... Not quite the same as Carwins streak.
cecils_pupils- July 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I really like Cain's skill... I know, I know I'm not a fan of the tatt either.

Can't wait to see the Carwin vs. Velasquez fight next. There won't be much for hype since they both are snoozers in front of the camera, but the action will be packed!
RwilsonR- July 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm
@ MediumRare

I feel the same way about Cain and his stupid "Brown Pride" tattoo. And I had a similar failure as you did when I tried to launch my upstart cable channel, White Entertainment Television, or WET. Half the people thought WET was a porn station, and the other half thought it was racist. I just don't get it.
MediumRare- July 3, 2010 at 11:55 am
This guy can fight but I, for one, cannot wait to see him get his ass handed to him. I think it was the "Brown Pride" tattoo that did it.

See, at first I thought it looked cool so I went and got a tat just like his but it said "White Pride". I also started a lobbying org called the NAAWP. I also started a magazine called "White Enterprise".

Then all of a sudden I got fired from my job for being racist and someone spray painted a big swastika on the hood of my car.

I still haven't figured out how this all works.
peanutbuttter- July 3, 2010 at 11:38 am
I like this interview because it makes me think of when Fowlkes did fighter vs writer with Cain. Ben approached Cain by saying he wanted to do a fight picking contest with him. Ben said that he felt that because he was a writer, naturally he would win. He then said Cain just looked at him and they both stood there trying to figure put what Ben's problem was. Ariel had trouble with Cain. Imagine Ben trying to talk to him on camera haha I love Ben tho and that's why
Clyde- July 3, 2010 at 11:17 am
Upon seeing this, I may actually want Lesnar to win. The pre match hype between Carwin and Velasquez may be too much to bear.
BigCountrysCholesterol- July 3, 2010 at 11:06 am
Cain makes a Fedor interview look like a Tarantino movie.
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