When UFC 104 was first announced, Cain Velasquez expected to be fighting fellow undefeated heavyweight Shane Carwin in a top contender bout. Instead, the UFC opted to give Carwin the bump to challenge Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 for his title and assign Ben Rothwell in Carwin’s place.
Velasquez was admittedly disappointed when the change happened, but he didn’t have too much time to dwell on it as he quickly realized that the UFC pitted him against a more than formidable opponent.
“It was discouraging at first but then you know I really can’t dwell on it because then they gave me Ben Rothwell after that,” Velasquez said about the change.
Even though he’s not fighting Carwin, posting a W this weekend will all but solidify his slot to take on the victor at UFC 106. He knows that his opportunity will eventually come, however the only way to assure that is to continue to stockpile wins.
“I think of it as the most important fight of my life,” Velasquez stated. “I do believe I’ll get my chance sooner or later.”
If Velasquez can find a way to get past Rothwell, he could find himself in the same position he would’ve been in if he had beaten Carwin. But, that’s a BIG “if.”