Former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez seeks a title shot, but the tallest opponent he has ever faced stands in his way.
The 6-1 Velasquez faces Travis Browne at UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on pay-per-view, airing Saturday, July 9.
The former champ joined The Roman Show to discuss his fight against the 6-7 Browne.
“For me, it is about returning to fight,” he said. “That’s what I 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 fell victim to injuries, forcing him out of fights including a rematch against former champ 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.”
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UFC 200: Velasquez vs. Browne; Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate for the women’s bantamweight title; the return of Brock Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champ and current WWE superstar, against Mark Hunt...and more.
The main event -- the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship unification rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones -- has been pulled, because of a possible doping violation by Jones.
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