Dana White jokingly calls the UFC’s new heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, ‘The Terminator’. It’s an apt moniker for a man who relentlessly hunts down his opponents in the cage and appears to show little or no emotion in doing so.
Believe it or not despite his perfect 9-0 record against some of the world’s best heavyweight fighters he is only human and does get nervous like the rest of us mere mortals.
And who could have blamed him for getting butterflies prior to the biggest fight of his career at UFC 121 last month. After all he was facing the man mountain known as Brock Lesnar in front of 15,000 fans in Anaheim with an estimated 1 million watching on pay-per view and beaming to half a billion homes on TV around the globe.
Yet remarkably when he stepped into the cage to fight of the title Velasquez says he was, “super calm, completely relaxed.”
So what exactly was it that finally got his nerves jangling? Was it when Lesnar came charging towards him at the opening bell? Did they kick in when he got taken down in the early stages of the round?
Not quite. Amusingly it turns out the new heavyweight champ didn’t start panicking until the next day as he prepared to go on the Lopez Tonight show to celebrate his victory.
“I got to the studio and when they gave me this script and said, ‘You’re going to have to do some acting,’ my legs started shaking so badly,” Velasquez recalls in an interview with Yahoo! “I wasn’t expecting that. I’m definitely no actor.”
Luckily Velasquez managed to get through the show unscathed and will live to fight another day as you can see below.