UFC 188: Cain Velasquez Plans to Keep Training “The Same”, Says Pressure is Key to Defeat Fabricio Werdum
By FCF Staff
Although Cain Velasquez hasn’t fought since October, 2013, due to injury, and despite concerns from Dana White about his training habits, the UFC champ says it’s business as usual.
The heavyweight is set to fight Fabricio Werdum this Saturday at UFC 188, after a bout between the two last year was postponed, when Velasquez went down with a knee injury. Prior to that, the renowned fighter was sidelined for much of 2014, as a result of undergoing shoulder surgery.
White, and some others, have questioned whether Velasquez and his teammates at American Kickboxing Academy train too hard. The champion, however, clearly doesn’t think so.
While appearing on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight“, here is what Velasquez had to say, when he was asked if he’s going to change up his training regiment (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I’ll keep it the same. It’s working. It’s not just us getting hurt. Other fighters are too. We’re fighters. We spar. It takes a toll on the body. I’m 100 percent healthy now. I’m happy with the training camp.”
In Werdum, Velasquez (13-1) will face a man that has developed a dangerous striking game to compliment his world class ground skills. Werdum has won five straight fights, and last November, he stopped Mark Hunt to win the promotion’s interim title.
When asked about what kind of strategy he’ll employ against the interim champ, Velasquez stated:
“He’s a complete fighter. He punches, he kicks. He’s one of the best on the ground. We know what we have to do to beat him. We have to apply a lot of pressure, a lot of punches and kicks.”
UFC 188 will be hosted by the Mexico City Arena in Mexico.