When the knee of Cain Velasquez was distributed Sunday night, in a few seconds in the fight with Francis Nganow, it was another reminder of the prophetic conversations more than ten years ago.
Velasquez came to San Jose through his college wrestling coach as he was looking to get into MMA after posting fourth in the heavyweight in 2005 NCAA Division I wrestling tournament for Arizona State University. Almost immediately he became the negotiator of the old American kickboxing gym.
In the beginning, only after two fights, head coach Havé Mendez called Velasquez "the most talented guy who ever passed through those doors," pointing to the front door of his original gym. This was quite assertive, as fighters from all over the world regularly trained there, including Frank Shamrock and B. J. Penn, who at that time were considered two real legends of sports.
Mendez noted that, in addition to the All-American Velasquez Fighting Pedigree, he developed the K-1
It's very stupid to say that Caress Velasquez was disappointed. He twice held the heavyweight championship. On Sunday, announcer John Anik repeatedly called him the largest heavy fighting fighter in history. It can be argued that this statement, but when it comes to full sets of skills, Velasquez should be in this conversation. But for general results, it's a harder argument.
Sunday was the last head of the charity, which almost certainly will be turned back as "But what if?"
Like his championships, Velazquez's car in the retrospect of smell is a constant trauma. And, prophetically, we heard that they spoke a decade ago.
One of the soldiers in the gym previously sang me to Velazquez early, saying through his mix of skills that nobody can beat him then. Endurance was key. He noted that the work ethic of Velazquez was unsurpassed, along with other skills. But he warned that his work ethic was practicing at a level that at one point burned his body. Velasquez is expected to win a heavyweight championship, will last for a while, but when he got into his early 30s, his body will begin to collapse and then he will become vulnerable.
This conversation was almost an ideal description of the Carlos Velasquez. He lost only one fight at the start, knocking out to junior Dos Santos on the first FOX show in 2011 when he fought with a serious knee injury. Honestly, Dos Santos has entered this fight against knee injury. But the question of who was the best fighter of the two dominant weightlifters of the UFC of that era was clearly answered when Velazquez returned and gave Dos Santos two of the most cruel and prolonged heavyweight beats in their subsequent battles.
His body began to spin on him. Over the past 50 years, Velazquez has fought only three times. Although most of the last year's vacation was associated with a review of his contract, most of his long delays between battles were related to various injuries.
When he returned, two and a half years after the manifestation of little skill, if any heavyweight could equalize, in his first round of victory over Travis Brown, his body gave him almost immediately. His camp said at a training battle, he was an old Cain. Velasquez called the accident an accident, saying that he did not even have problems with this knee. But when he goes to his 37th birthday, there are many more questions than answers about his future.
Let's see how Fortunes Changed for Sunday's fighters on a Sunday show.
FRANCIS NGANU – was a fighter whose car was delayed only a year after UFC began to advertise it as a modern Mike Tyson. Such a quick victory over the former champion, as Velasquez, will usually be enough to win the championship. And with teammate Velazquez and partner coach Daniel Kormier, as a champion, this story is written by herself.
But Dana White has since stated that she wants to go in the opposite direction with Kormier, although she did not specify what direction it is.
may face Stipe Miocic (18-3) in a fight to determine the future challenger for a heavyweight title, or even a Cormier championship can resign sooner than later. But their first fight was a one-sided victory for Miociku. If not, then Dos Santos (20-5) will be the best rival for Ngano if he goes past Derrick Lewis on March 9th. If Lewis wins this fight, and his face with Nganna can be meaningful in terms of ranking, based on the first. meeting is not a fight that someone would like to see back.
CAIN VELASQUEZ – Provided that Sunday's injury was a real chance, and he could go through the camp and fight, the next good opponent would be Alyster Overeem (44-17). This is a struggle that has been talked about for many years, but one way or another did not work out. Velasquez against Miocica, if Velazquez was healthy, would have been a bit of a difficult match. But at this stage, Velasquez would have needed a strong lead in victory before he came with Miocik.
POL FELDER – Felder (16-4) scored a unanimous victory over James Wick (13-3) in the midfielders. Being in the deepest division of UFC, lightweight, good next opponent for him will be Charles Oliveira (26-8) or Gregor Gillespie (13-0).
CYNTHIA CALVILLO – Calvillo (8-1) took a unanimous decision for Courtney Casey (8-7). Then Calvalio challenged Tatiana Suarez, but Suarez has already booked a battle with Nina Ansaroff, where the winner will most likely get a shot with a salt title. For Calvillo, to reach this level, she will need to defeat a fighter like Livinha Souza (13-1) to jump he stairs.
ALJAMAIN STERLING – Sterling (17-3) notched one-side victories over Jimmie Rivera (22-2) in the battle of top rivals. The victory was so impressive that Stirling could get into the match with the title, except that Marlon Morais won the wins over Sterling and Rivera in 67 and 33 seconds, respectively. Morais must become the main contender for T.J. Dillashaw, but the victory of Henry Jejuwo over Dillshaw on flypoison complicates the case.
Sterling must win with the winner of the March 2 battle with Cody Garbrandt (11-2) and Pedro Munchos (17-3).