Most fighters would be happy after easily disposing of their third UFC opponent, however that is not the case for UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez. Despite defeating Denis Stojnic in the 2ndRound of their bout at “UFC Fight Night 17,” Velasquez feels that he didn’t put forth his best effort, although his stock continues to skyrocket up the heavyweight rankings.
“My timing was off,” stated a disappointed Velasquez. “The last two weeks of my training camp, I wasn’t able to spar. I think that had a lot to do with it. Other than that, I felt great.”
Velasquez should be feeling good about himself. He currently holds a prefect 5-0 professional record, and is quickly building a name for himself in a time that the UFC is desperately looking for heavyweight talent.
The American Top Team fighter unleashed an explosive and aggressive barrage of knees, kicks and punches on Stojnic, and it would be hard to argue that he isn’t the future of the division.
Saturday marked the first time that he had been pushed past the 1stRound in any of his bouts, and although he wasn’t happy about it, there was a bright side to getting those extended minutes.
“I just wasn’t relaxed out there,” Velasquez said. “I think I need more ring time. I kind of tightened up. I was just throwing two punches [at a time]. I want to be able to throw more … head movement, sit in the pocket and keep that progress going. I was throwing and backing off. That’s not what I want to do. I want to be more active.”