DC: Cain is the best UFC heavyweight ever

Monday, July 09, 2018

Former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones is likely the greatest ever in the division, but he was brought down so many times by his emotional shortcomings, that that is very much in question. Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is likely the greatest ever in the division, but he was brought down so many times by injury that that is very much in question. Still, at the UFC 226 post-fight press conference, Daniel Cormier, who holds the belts in both divisions, said Velasquez is the best heavy ever. And DC would know, the two are teammates at AKA in San Diego.

“The reason the fight was so easy today was because for the last 8 weeks I’ve been getting beat up by Cain Velasquez,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Lewis Mckeever for BE. “He’s still the best, man. He’s the best heavyweight the UFC has ever seen. He does things that you just don’t expect somebody to do. Still, outta shape, he comes in here and does three or four rounds with me - and I’m exhausted.”

Cormier was asked if he would ever fight Velasquez, but he answered that question many years ago - he would rather switch [divisions] than fight. And nothing has changed.

Cormier defends the heavyweight belt early next year vs. Brock Lesnar, who lost the title to Cain via TKO in Round 1 at UFC 121 in 2010. Velasquez's last fight was a Round 1 TKO over Travis Browne at UFC 200 in 2016. He was scheduled to rematch Fabricio Werdum at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission declined to approve Velasquez to fight due to bone spurs on his back.

Cormier was asked when Cain might fight again, and replied that there's "nothing on the horizon."

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