Josh Thomson, a long-time friend and training partner of the legendary Cain Velasquez, has claimed that the former-champ is ready to make his return.
The Velasquez-era of the heavyweight division was among the most memorable the weight-class has ever had.
And while it has been said that Cain is the greatest heavyweight to ever do it, the general consensus is that he never had the opportunity to reach his potential due to an unfortunate string of injuries that plagued him during his days at the top.
Last seen in his original comeback fight at UFC 200, a first-round annihilation of Travis Browne, there wasn’t exactly a return date given for the former-champ and with his teammate Daniel Cormier sitting atop the division, it became a question of ‘if’ and not ‘when’ we’d see him back in action.
His AKA teammate Josh Thomson spoke to BJPenn.com in a recent interview and revealed that Cain is finally ready to make his comeback.
“Yeah, he is ready to fight man. He’s able to train and ready to fight. It’s just a matter of, you know, I think the UFC has a lot of stuff working against them in regards dealing with him and his agent.”
“I would say that, well there’s no secret that the heavyweight division now is not all that stacked. There aren’t a lot of guys at the very top of the division that have a chance of beating Cain. The only fighter the UFC’s really has that could give Cain any trouble is maybe Stipe.
“That is the only heavyweight I could see giving Cain a hard go. There’s just not really anyone else. I mean [Fabricio Werdum], I’m sure Cain Velasquez would like to get that fight back, but Werdum’s going to be on the sidelines for a long while now due to his sentence.”
“So I mean other than that, there’s just really Stipe and Daniel Cormier and let’s be real Cain isn’t going to fight ‘DC’.”
The heavyweight title-picture has already gotten very interesting this year and while we made an attempt to unravel it earlier this week, the inclusion of Velasquez could set us up for some scintillating matchups in 2019.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena