If anyone can stake claim to being the planet’s best heavyweight, it would be UFC champion Cain Velasquez. While donning Octagon gold gives him every right to puff his chest out, the humble king believes there’s only one way to settle the debate over who the top dog is.
“We won’t know unless we get in the same organization,” Velasquez plainly told MMAJunkie. “Who’s to say that I’m No. 1 or they’re No. 1 if we haven’t fought yet?
“We’ll never know until we all fight each other.”
The question resurfaced after Fedor Emelianenko fell for the second consecutive time. While most have written off the division’s G.O.A.T., Velasquez believes “The Last Emperor” has plenty of gas left in his tank.
“He’s still a great fighter,” Velasquez said of the Russian. “He is undersized. He’s been undersized since he started, [but] he’s always pulled out the win. Those losses are tough, but I think he still has it.”
While Emelianenko’s elimination from Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix has taken much wind out of the tournament’s sails, Velasquez will still have his MMA fanboy cap on when the tourney resumes.
“There are definitely great heavyweights that are fighting there,” the UFC champion stated. “I’m excited to watch that whole thing. The guys that fought in Pride – those guys are definitely the best, too.”
Velasquez is currently rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder. He is hoping to return in late 2011.