American Kickboxing Academy head trainer Javier Mendez had a good night on Saturday night in Houston, Texas. Both of his heavyweight stars UFC Champion Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier both walked out of the octagon with big wins at UFC 166: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos III, and Mendez spoke all about the night this afternoon. Mendez talks about Velasquez’s game plan, how Cormier looked, and even a little about Velasquez’s next opponent Fabricio Werdum.
Mendez told MMAFighting:
“He actually executed it to a tee. The only thing he didn’t do is the part I mentioned about if we’re going to change things, then we’re going to change. Because there was an area there in the third round where we wanted him to separate when he knew dos Santos was ready to go, and Cain still stuck to the plan. He didn’t separate long enough to add more punches.”
“But I did frame it like this. I said, ‘Look, this is what I want you to do. Remember, if he puts his fist in front of you, you do one better. Whatever he does, you do one better.’ And while they were walking back and forth, Cain was looking down and JDS was mad-dogging him, and I was yelling at him, ‘Look back at him! Give it back to him!’ So then, if you guys watch the tape, you can see all of a sudden Cain looks at him. From that point, Cain was going to do one better.”
“Fabricio’s been getting better all the time. He’s got new tricks all the time, and he’s got incredible — he’s probably got the best jiu-jitsu out of all the heavyweights in the world. He definitely can pose a different kind of threat for Cain, so Cain needs to be up for him like he was for Junior, otherwise we could be in trouble. He’s definitely a worthy challenger.”
“I don’t know what fight he was at. When you get tattooed the way [Nelson] was, I mean, you shouldn’t be complaining about ‘the guy didn’t come to fight you.’ He outhit you, he outstruck you, he outwrestled you, he outsmarted you. You didn’t come to fight. He came to play checkers when [Cormier] came to play chess.”
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