The champagne on Cain Velasquez’s bling-bling belt hadn’t even dried, yet the newly crowned UFC heavyweight king already had top contender Junior dos Santos on his mind.
“It feels great, but I gotta think about how I gotta keep getting better. Guys are gonna come out there and be a lot tougher,” Velasquez told ESPN’s MMA Live. “The sport’s evolving so quickly and I have to evolve with it or else I’m gonna be left behind.”
The new champ manhandled Brock Lesnar like no other human had ever done before – less anything that transpired during his WWE and “wannabe NFL” days, of course. Although he used his superior technical skills to weather Lesnar’s early storm on Saturday at UFC 121, his heavy hands ultimately eliminated “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”
While most would be drunk off their own awesomeness after humbling the sport’s most imposing figure, Velasquez wants to ensure he does everything under the moon to avoid becoming a one-and-done title holder. In other words, class will be in session shortly at American Kickboxing Academy.
“Junior dos Santos is up now, and he’s next in line. So I gotta get ready for him,” a determined Velasquez stated. “I think he’s definitely the best in the heavyweight division, as far as striking. He has good takedown defense, and if he does get taken, he’s right back up.
“We gotta watch film and see what we gotta do for him.”
Now that Velasquez has become the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion in combat sports history, the 28-year-old would like nothing more than to break-in his belt in front of his own people.
“That’d be good. If it goes to Mexico or Mexico City, I want to be a part of it. Hopefully,” Velasquez expressed.
An Octagon has never been south of the border, but you can bet your bottom peso Cain will be showcased if/when it goes down.
No word from the UFC on when Velasquez and dos Santos might tango.