Cain Velasquez: “I’m not expecting anything less than a hard, grueling fight.”

When UFC heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva squared off against each other last year it took the current divisional king less than a round to dispatch of “Bigfoot”. However, when they collide tomorrow night at UFC 160, Velasquez doesn’t expect a similar result other than the end product of him having his hand raised.

The 11-1 Velasquez spoke to recently about the rematch, explaining the past has little to do with his present predicament in terms of beating a hard-hitting opponent with high-level BJJ to back it up.

“This is a whole new fight. Obviously, we saw what Bigfoot can do in his last two fights, so I can’t take him lightly. He’s a tough competitor – really dangerous in the Octagon – so I’m not expecting anything less than a hard, grueling fight.

“That first fight between me and ‘Bigfoot’, I take a lot of stuff from it here and there, but this is a whole new fight. Anything can happen in this fight. He is dangerous, so I’m not taking this guy lightly.

“I’m envisioning a whole new belt, and it’s up to ‘Bigfoot’ and me to go out there and get it. It’s not that he’s coming to take mine away; this is a whole new one, and we’re both contenders for that belt, and we’re both equally hungry. That’s how I see it. This is a fight I have to win.”

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