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Jon Jones wants to fight Cain Velasquez, thinks it could happen soon

Jon JonesJon Jones says he wants to fight Cain Velasquez, and the UFC light heavyweight champion believes the fight could happen sooner than you think.

At The Gentleman’s Expo in Toronto last weekend, Jones was asked if he has considered changing weight classes.

“Yeah, definitely,” Jones answered the fan. “I think that’s going to happen within the next two years. I’ll go up to heavyweight permanently.

“I am looking to take a superfight sooner than later — within the next year. I’ve been really thinking about me and Cain Velasquez going at it. I think it’ll be huge for the sport.”

Jones is 19-1, with his only loss coming by disqualification, and he has pretty much run through the light heavyweight division. He was challenged by Alexander Gustafsson in his last fight, and Glover Teixeira could also be a tough contender. Maybe he would face one or the other before moving up permanently.

One reason why Jones is looking at Velasquez, the current UFC heavyweight champion, is because he believes the 6-foot-1, 249-pound opponent is more his size.

“He’s definitely the toughest guy in the division and he’s not that big, so I think it would be a really entertaining fight. Don’t be surprised if you see that sooner than later.”

Jones said he weighs about 230 pounds right now and would gain about 10 pounds of muscle to fight someone like Cain. I’d love to see it happen.

I’ve said in the past that for Jones to really be challenged, he would have to move up in weight. The good news for MMA fans is it sounds like that will happen before too long.

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UFC on FOX: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos Fight Preview

This Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its FOX network television debut with Cain Velasquez (9-0, 7-0 UFC) putting his heavyweight title on the line against the challenger, Junior Dos Santos (13-1, 7-0 UFC). It’s going to be a great night for fight fans as this event will finish an hour before Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against Juan Manuel Marquez.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect match-up for the first fight in the historic, seven-year partnership between FOX and the UFC, as these are two very special fighters entering the primes of their careers. I will break the action down in terms of each fighters’ strengths, the unknowns heading into the fight and the match-up, specific to one another. Finally, I will predict a winner.

Strengths

Velasquez has made a name for himself through his world-class wrestling ability, his other-worldly work ethic and cardio, and a developing, technically-sound kickboxing game. He is well above-average in his quickness wrestling and an above-average athlete for a heavyweight. He has finished eight out of the nine fights in his career through ground and pound and striking.

Velasquez was a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State University and in the Octagon, he has man-handled the heavyweight division, demonstrating relentless take-downs, top control and ground and pound. His wrestling, in combination with his cardio, make him a bad match-up for any style of fighter because he can control whether the fight remains standing or on the ground. If he chooses to take the fight to the ground, he has almost no equal. He has used his wrestling to dominate Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo on the ground, and when he won the title against Brock Lesnar, he did so by keeping the fight standing.

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Video from Cain Velasquez-Brock Lesnar Fight at UFC 121

Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 to win the heavyweight title. Velasquez was the fan favorite fighting in front of a Mexican crowd in Anaheim, California. Cain came out to some Mariachi music and wasted little time taking it straight to the defending champ. The match didn’t even last a full round as Velasquez beat up a stunned and dizzied Brock Lesnar.

Luckily for you, the LBS crew was on hand for the fight to bring you the atmosphere at the Honda Center. From the ring entrances to the fan reaction after Cain’s win, describing Anaheim as electric is an understatement. See for yourself in this video from the Cain Velasquez-Brock Lesnar fight at UFC 121 and check out the full fight recap at the LBS twitter page:

Cain Velasquez Dominates Brock Lesnar, Captures Heavyweight Championship

After seeing a decent amount of UFC and MMA fights over the past few years, I’ve learned never to be surprised at the outcome of a match.  I can’t say I was surprised with the actual outcome of the fight between Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar at UFC 121, but the way it happened was pretty unexpected.

After dominating Lesnar in a fight that didn’t last a full round, Cain Velasquez has become the first Mexican to win a heavyweight championship in combative sports.  As we told you before, there were plenty of experts who picked Velasquez to win because of his superior cardio and wrestling ability.  Cain may possess those attributes, but he barely needed them on Saturday night.

Velasquez and Lesnar both came out swinging to electrify the Honda Center crowd, with the champion landing a couple more shots than the challenger early on.  Velasquez weathered the storm and survived two Lesnar takedowns, popping to his feet rather quickly each time.  From that point, Cain was able to take control of the fight.

Velasquez took the fight to the bigger Lesnar and took him down at around the 3:00 mark, working in punches from his position on the back of the champion.  Lesnar was able to get to his feet after the takedown, but a brilliant two-punch combo from Velasquez sent him stumbling into the cage and into a vulnerable position.  The challenger pounced, landing a series of blows and opening up a nasty gash under Lesnar’s left eye before referee Herb Dean stepped in and called the fight.

So there you have it.  Cain Velasquez is the new UFC heavyweight champion.  Larry and LBS contributor Alan Hull were in attendance to witness the belt change hands, so be sure to check back for their take on the evening.

Cain Velasquez Looking to Beat Brock Lesnar for Mexican Pride

One of the biggest angles played up leading into UFC 121 in Anaheim has been race: Cain Velasquez is looking to become the first Mexican-American heavyweight UFC champion. Many experts and fighters are picking Velasquez to win, thinking that Brock Lesnar was exposed against Shane Carwin, and that Cain’s combination of cardio and excellent wrestling skills will be enough for him to take down Lesnar. Alan Hull, writing here at LBS, agrees about Cain’s wrestling background, but still believes Lesnar’s size advantage will be the difference. If Velasquez does win the fight, he will be doing it for his country.

The UFC has gone into Canada and Europe for fight cards but never Mexico. One would figure the country would lap it up considering their affection towards boxing and maybe that will be the case. We do know that’s what Velasquez is aiming for, saying pre-fight “The Latin people here in the U.S. and the Mexicans in Mexico need a champion. For us, we have a rich tradition in boxing and to not have a Mexican heavyweight champ is unheard of. We need it.”

Targeting the Mexican people has been an excellent marketing push and it remains to be seen if they will respond with pay-per-view buys. If so, it will help give Cain more clout as the UFC heavyweight champion should he win the fight. I don’t think he will, and instead I think we’ll see someone drinking Coronas and eating burritos afterward.

UFC 121 Preview: Lesnar vs. Velasquez

Brock Lesnar is the perfect UFC heavyweight champion.  His popularity is due in large part to his incredible size and speed, his WWE background and his charming personality.  Something that goes under appreciated, and what makes Brock Lesnar so compelling among casual and die-hard MMA fans, is the quality of competition he continually faces and the vulnerability he has shown at every stage in his career.

He is the perfect villain, facing one tough “good guy” after another, looking beatable, and keeping his opponents hungry.  To say that he will be beaten is a whole different story.

At UFC 121 Lesnar will square off with another world-class challenger in Cain Velasquez.

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