At UFC 168, Cain Velasquez was submitted for the first time in his career, but believes that his rematch with Fabricio Werdum will be a different story:
Velasquez was granted an immediate rematch with Werdum after “Vai Cavalo” took the belt with a third-round submission at UFC 188 in June. Velasquez sat on the sidelines with injury for almost two years prior to that contest and returned for the bout in Mexico City. He did not look in proper form, because the high elevations caused his conditioning to fail early and Werdum capitalized to win the belt.
The chance for redemption is highly motivating, Velasquez said, and with more favorable circumstances going into the rematch, he’s not about to allow Werdum to beat him again.
“Just to get revenge on somebody that’s beaten me, I love it,” Velasquez said in a UFC 196 promotional video. “It’s going to be a war back-and-forth and I’m going to keep pushing forward until I get that ‘W.’ … The pain of losing hurts, but you always got to take the positive from it. There’s nothing I can say to make it better, but I can do something. I got this rematch and I can go out there and beat him.”
Recently however Velasquez and Werdum are both injured and their bout has been postponed.
Appearing on the MMA Hour early this week, TJ Dillashaw‘s head coach Duane Ludwig talked about the fight and didn’t hold back when asked about the decision:
“These f*cking judges, man,” Ludwig said. “I think they need to be more educated before they take a professional career judging the lives of a professional athlete.”
The 10-point must system is always a topic for debate as well. It was a scoring structure designed for boxing and longer fights. Does it work perfectly for MMA? Many would say it does not, but few have a better alternative.
“I would like to see that overhauled, for sure,” Ludwig said. “We have to look at it with today’s modern information. The sport is different. We’re not a boxing match, obviously. And it should be scored accordingly.”