Cain Velasquez (pictured) might be down to fight longtime AKA teammate Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title, or he just trolled the MMA world for ish and giggles.
Shortly after the UFC announced Friday that light heavyweight champion Cormier would jump back up to the heavyweight division to challenge heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, many wondered how that would affect the relationship between Cormier and Velasquez.
Let’s not forget, before donning the UFC light heavyweight crown, Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champ, made his 2013 UFC debut at heavyweight before dripping down to 205 pounds two fights later in order to allow Velasquez to dominate the heavyweight class.
Cormier held up his end of the bargain by capturing the UFC light heavyweight gold, but Velasquez has continued to be injured more than not. Velasquez has fought just twice since Cormier moved to light heavyweight. He hasn’t been seen since beating Travis Browne in July 2016.
A back injury currently has Velasquez sidelined.
Velasquez issued a cryptic tweet letting everyone know that he will be there to support his AKA brother as he prepares to join Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre as the only fighters in UFC history to hold two different titles.
Like always, I’m gonna be in the gym everyday to help my brother @dc_mma become the next heavyweight champ at #UFC226. Once he wins, things could get interesting. #AndNew #WeAreAKA #GonnaGetMyBeltBack
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) January 27, 2018
Speaking of interesting, his last sentence is interesting, as well as his final hashtag.
“Once he wins, things could get interesting” and “#GonnaGetMyBeltBack.”
What does that mean?!
Here’s what I believe – Cormier revealed this week that he intends on retiring from MMA before turning 40 in March 2019. Therefore, the clock is ticking on his 14 months left in the fight business. If he beats Miocic in July, there will only be eight months left for him to cash in again before clocking out.
Reports suggest Velasquez is getting healthier by the day, so that gives him 14 months to work his way back into title contention. If that happens, and that’s a HUGE if given his injury prone ways, it gives Cormier the opportunity to sail off into the sunset in a blockbuster teammate vs. teammate shootout.
I know, they have both forever vowed to never fight inside the octagon, but there are a few things to consider here: For starters, it would be Cormier’s final scrap so there wouldn’t be an ongoing rivalry between the two. They could immediately resume their bromance once they’re done brawling.
Secondly, who better to make a boatload of money with than your BFF? Don’t think Cormier wants a fat bankroll to support his sneaker and Popeyes addiction before he hangs up his gloves, or that Velasquez doesn’t want to score big to help recoup funds from having been sidelined for most of the past several years?
Lastly, it’s not like they haven’t fought each other before. They do it every day at AKA. Yes, I know it’s different, but it’s also kind of the same. Also, Velasquez is the one who willingly threw it out there for public consumption.
However, there’s plenty that needs to happen before Cormier vs. Velasquez comes to fruition. It’s always fun to dream, though. But this dream could very well become a reality.