Cain Velasquez Picks Alistair Overeem To Win Tonight At UFC 156
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.02.2013
Do you agree?
In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who beat Junior Dos Santos at UFC 155 in December, has picked Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to defeat Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (17-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 156.
To face Dos Santos, Velasquez had to defeat Silva at UFC 146 in May, which he did with a first-round TKO. If Overeem beats Silva tonight, he'll get a shot at the champ. If Silva wins, it might be a different story since Velasquez beat in in their last encounter.
On Overeem winning: "I think he'll win. I think Bigfoot's a tough dude, also, but Overeem definitely has a great chance. He's been one of the top guys in this sport forever now. He's a big, strong guy with a lot of power. He definitely has a good chance."
On if he can't win: "I don't know (what happens if he doesn't win). Maybe (Nelson or Struve). We'll see what the UFC decides and see what happens with this fight. I really haven't thought about who it will be if Overeem doesn't win. The UFC hasn't said anything, either. But he's definitely one of the best."
On winning the belt back: "It felt good, not just to beat him (but to avenge a loss). At that time, Junior seemed unbeatable – takedown defense, his standup and boxing. All that stuff. It was definitely rewarding. It was great."