Trainer: Injuries Preventing Cain Velasquez From Being Greatest Heavyweight of all Time
MMA fans were recently saddened by the news the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has suffered another serious injury, one that’s forced him out of his UFC 180 title fight in the UFC’s debut in Mexico, against Fabricio Werdum.
American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez feels the injuries that Velasquez has dealt with in his UFC career have prevented him from being labeled the greatest heavyweight of all time, in MMA.
Here’s what Mendez had to say when speaking to Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ for MMA Fighting:
“If he had never got injured he’d be the greatest heavyweight of all time right now because of what the guy can do. What I do believe is that it’s just going to take longer for people to recognize him as the greatest.
Even if he doesn’t get injured going forward, he still has a good…depending on him, he still has a good six to seven or eight years — even ten years of fighting, if that’s what he chooses to do.
So, he’s still going to hit that goal of being the greatest of all time. Obviously, we can’t label him there. Not yet, because he needs more fights I think. He will get there. It’s just going to take a little longer.”
Majority of MMA fans view former PRIDE FC champion Fedor Emelianenko as the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter of all time. Some who became fans of the sport after ZUFFA bought PRIDE FC likely see Randy Couture as the greatest. Neither choice is a bad one.
Cain Velasquez is 11-1 in his UFC career. His only loss came at the hands of Junior dos Santos, back at UFC on FOX 1. Cain Velasquez avenged the loss to Junior dos Santos, not only once, but twice in lopsided fights at UFC 155 and UFC 166.
At only 32-years-old, Velasquez is likely in his prime and should be able to take a legitimate run at becoming the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter or all time. For now, his focus is getting back into the Octagon to defend his title. However, his next fight will be a unification bout, since the UFC decided to insert Mark Hunt into the UFC 180 main event for an interim heavyweight title fight against Fabricio Werdum.