The Roman Show Staff
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is in search of getting his name next in line to a title shot, but possibly the tallest opponent he has ever faced stands in his way.
Velasquez faces Travis Browne at UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Pay-per-view airing Saturday.
The former champion joined The Roman Show to talk about his fight against Browne who is 6’7 compared to his 6’1 height. He is not concerned about the hype behind the big show. Hear the show below.
“For me it is about returning to fight,” he said. “That’s what am here to do. My past fights were pushed cause of injuries. I know how to stay healthy now. I am also happy that my teammate (interim light heavyweight champion) Daniel Cormier is also on the same card.”
Velasquez has fell victim to injuries forcing himself out of fights including a rematch against former champion Fabricio Werdum.
“We only do one hard sparring day,” he said. “The other days are more technical. It’s still cardio, but you are not putting pressure on the body. I am doing more recovery stuff instead of what I used to do. Before I would go into practice pushing the body despite any injuries. It’s a good thing, but a bad thing. It’s good because your body is quickly to adapt, but it’s a bad thing because you are forcing your body and it can’t recover as well.”
The Californian said he has taken other strategies to help his body heal.
“I am listening more to my body and maintaining it,” he said. “There’s a lot of stretching before and after training now. I also do the foam roller and I have a massage once a week.”