It wasn’t sometime past that Velasquez was on the right track to eventually become the best heavyweight fighter of them all. He won 13 of his first 14 fights, making short work of names such as Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira before you go onto win his own eventual best-of-three show against Junior dos Santos. Regrettably for Velasquez, injuries accumulated and he’s were able to create the walk to the Octagon just two times during the previous five-plus decades, and a few of those appearances was a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum which stopped his second reign as UFC champion.
Velasquez looked just like his old self sustaining a four second, 57-second drubbing to Travis Browne in UFC 200, just to disappear again as his body continued to neglect him. When he battles Francis Ngannou on Sunday in UFC on ESPN inch in Phoenix, it is going to likely be his first taste of true competition since July 9, 2016.
If anyone knows what Velasquez is capable of, then it’s Cormier. Both heavy weights have pushed eachother throughout their time at the American KickBoxing Academy, while house cleaned a branch above with Cormier becoming an elite fighter in 205 pounds.
This ’s why Cormier is confident that the Velasquez of old will show up against Ngannou. Cormier, then your lightheavyweight champion, returned to the heavy weight division annually to conquer Stipe Miocic in UFC 226 and catch a second UFC name and he’s always credited Velasquez as one of the reasons that he surely could become dual-division champion.
Even time, Cormier looked forward to this day which Velasquez returned to action.