Velasquez won't fight teammate Cormier
“I was thinking this summer (I would return). But I would not fight (Daniel Cormier). He’s my coach, teammate and my friend.”
That's what Velasquez had to say about a potential fight against the final heavyweight Strikeforce champ. The UFC champion was expected to meet Overeem next, but "The Demolition Man" failed to get through fellow heavyweight contender Silva.
UFC Tonight analyst and former contender Kenny Florian recognizes the fact that Silva truly mixed up the heavyweight title picture:
“'Bigfoot' Silva really made things complicated in the heavyweight division. Maybe 'Bigfoot' thrust himself ahead to the number one contender because of this.”
Of course, Silva has already fought Velasquez once, and the American Kickboxing Academy product put him away easily.
At this point, the match up hardly makes sense, at least according to Chael Sonnen. He gave his point of view on UFC Tonight, suggesting a different route for the UFC to take.
“'Bigfoot' just fought and lost to Cain and it was vicious and one sided, he’s not going to be the guy to fight him again," said Sonnen. "Insert Josh Barnett. He was UFC heavyweight champion in 2002. He left and can come back and get his belt back. He’s the guy.”
The UFC is currently in talks with Barnett about a possible return to the promotion.
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