Is Cain Velasquez already the Greatest Heavyweight Ever?

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion
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02-Cain-VelasquezJunior Dos Santos is far and away the 2nd best heavyweight in the world. Fabricio Werdum, Daniel Cormier, Travis Browne, Bigfoot Silva, Josh Barnett and all the others are NOT close to Dos Santos right now. The gap between #2 and numbers three through ten is huge. And yet the gap between #1 and #2 is even bigger.

Cain Velasquez proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s not only the best heavyweight in the world today, but has perhaps even put himself in a position to be the greatest ever. With apologies to the great Fedor Emelianenko, Cain may be the man.

A quick glance at his hit-list and you’ll see he has taken down legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former champion Brock Lesnar, and the guy who beat Fedor, Bigfoot Silva (twice). And he did all that in the first round in dominating fashion. Add in his last two destructive wins over Junior and you’ve got yourself a legendary career.

Although Cain’s résumé isn’t nearly as long as Fedor’s reign of terror in Pride and elsewhere, the quality of his wins and the way he’s doing it should already be raising the eyebrows of fans that enjoy engaging in “GOAT” arguments.

We’ll have to assume his toughest test—Junior—will be put on the back burning for a while. So that mean his next fight will most likely be Werdum, who coincidentally was the first man to defeat Fedor (shut up historians, Kohsaka doesn’t count any more than Matt Hamill counts when discussing Jon Jones). Werdum has never looked better than he has recently, and Velasquez should handle him.

After that, he could wind up fighting either Josh Barnett or Travis Browne. Both of them have their own distinct strengths that would cause problems for other men in the division, but not for Velasquez.

Let’s not even waste time talking about the “never discount any heavyweight” argument. We already know that sometimes, crazy stuff happens. But in my opinion, Cain will steamroll Werdum and Barnett/Browne without much trouble. If that happens, we could be talking about a 4th bout with Dos Santos or even a huge Jon Jones fight—which Cain will win.

MMA has a very short history, which means it will change often. Fedor will continue to be considered the greatest ever by tons of hardcore fans everywhere. But for my money, Cain Velasquez is already proving to be the most dominant fighter in heavyweight history.

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