Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has come forward to reveal that the he is considering a move down in weight, if AKA teammate Daniel Cormier becomes the new UFC heavyweight champion.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has locked in a super fight with reigning UFC heavyweight title holder Stipe Miocic. Cormier will be moving up in weight to challenge Miocic for his title at UFC 226.
The event will take place July 7, during International Fight Week, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. While Cormier has accepted the fight, the UFC champion first ran the offer by his teammate from American Kickboxing Academy.
After former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez gave Cormier his blessing to pursue the opportunity, the super fight was on. Now Velasquez has come forward to offer his thoughts on the matter.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA hour, as seen in the video below, Velasquez doubled down on his former statement that “things could get interesting” if Cormier wins the heavyweight title.
“Things could get interesting.” Velasquez said. “He’s at heavyweight. I’m at heavyweight. Am I going to drop down? I don’t know, but things could get interesting.
“I don’t know how things are going to play out. I think it’s cool what he’s doing. He’s going up in weight. He’s fought there before at heavyweight, so he’s going to do it again.”
Helwani then followed up on Velasquez’s mention of potentially dropping to the light heavyweight division, in which Velasquez responded “If I had to do it, I could do it.”
The former UFC heavyweight champion then finished his thoughts on the matter by saying, “Things could get interesting. We are just going to play it by ear.”
To see the full interview, check out the video below:
Cain Velasquez has not competed inside the octagon since 2016. After suffering a serious injury, the former champion decided to take some time to heal up and prepare for his octagon return.