The UFC’s heavyweight No.1 contender Cain Velasquez was greeted by hoards of fans at a rally in his honor on Sunday in Los Angeles just days out from his UFC 121 showdown with current champion Brock Lesnar.

“It’s definitely a great welcoming,” Velasquez told FightHubTV during the event. “I expect this type of people, this type of crowd to be with me on Saturday night.  So, it feels good, I feel welcomed already and it’s going to be a good week for me.”

In the weeks leading up to the event the UFC have been leaning heavily on Velasquez Mexican heritage, and judging by the number of Mexican fans and flags at the rally it seems to have worked.

“All the tradition we’ve had in boxing, all the great Mexican fighters.  To not have a heavyweight champ, you know – we need one, it’s about time we had one.  I’m glad to represent, I’m glad to represent the Mexican fighters and Mexican people in this fight.  It just feels good, all the hard work I put in is finally paying off and it’s all for this moment right here.”

As well as drawing strength from the support he’s receiving, Velasquez is also building confidence from his skills and his preparation for the biggest fight of his life.

“I’ve trained super hard for this fight, we have a great gameplan. I just think it’s my time now.  My time to hold the belt, and hold it for a long time.”

Check out footage from the day and Velasquez full interview below.