The UFC’s big debut on FOX last night proved to be a rough night for Cain Velasquez as he was knocked out by Junior Dos Santos in just a minute and four seconds of action, breaking his unbeaten record and losing his heavyweight title in the process.
After the fight Velasquez apologized to the fans for his performance and vowed to get back to the title as soon as possible, but who should he face next to begin his road back to the top?
Despite the disappointing nature of his loss Velasquez still remains one of the best fighters in the division so he won’t slip too far down the heavyweight ladder and may be only a fight or two away from getting a chance to fight for the belt once again.
That narrows his selection of potential opponents down considerably. One possible option would be to take on the loser of the upcoming No.1 contender bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.
Meanwhile, if Frank Mir is victorious against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira then that too would be an excellent next step for the former champion.
At last night’s press conference Velasquez was also quizzed about a potential rematch with Cheick Kongo who’s currently unbeaten in four fights and rocked him several times when they fought back in 2009.
Velasquez indicated that if that fightwould help him get back to a title shot then he would be willing to accept it.
I doubt that rematch is what the UFC has in store for him though, as for the most part Velasquez dominated the French fighter on the mat in that fight and aside from Kongo himself there’s little interest in a second helping.
Personally, depending on how the fights go I think either Alistair Overeem or Frank Mir would be the most appealing match-ups for Velasquez, providing him with someone he’s never faced before and of a high enough caliber that a win would put him firmly on the fast track back to the title.