On Oct. 23, Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.
We sat down with Velasquez to talk about everything from the business of the UFC to Arizona’s new immigration status law.
Darren: Fighting in the UFC is so hard. You make one mistake and you could lose. It seems like it’s in the UFC’s best interest to have a heavyweight champion that can reign for a long time, is that realistic?
Velasquez: I think it is. Look at Anderson Silva (the middleweight champ who has won 13 straight UFC matches) and (welterweight champ) George St. Pierre. They’ve been pretty consistent. The key is to stay hungry and keep evolving with the sport.
Darren: You’ve fought nine times and haven’t lost. What’s the key to maintaining that focus for the few minutes you’re in the Octagon?
Velasquez: You just have to fight the perfect fight to win. You have to have a gameplan and follow it. You have to develop every time you go out there and keep getting better.
Darren: Some people argue that in order for the UFC to grow they need characters like Brock Lesnar, who people know was formerly in World Wrestling Entertainment. Do you agree with that?