It’s probably hard for Cain Velasquez to see it, but his loss to Fabricio Werdum may be one of the best things that has ever happened to him. Velasquez was considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time before his loss to Werdum, and for good reason. His athleticism, tenacity, and endurance, coupled with his mean looks, but professional demeanor are all things that make him great. While he may not have the title anymore, he still has all of those characteristics. The characteristics of a true champion.

During the post-fight press conference, he wasn’t chipper, but he was professional and gracious in defeat. While journalists listed the contributing factors that may have lead to his loss, he simply replied, “Nothing was wrong. Fabricio was the better man tonight.” As he uttered those words he didn’t look sorrowful, just focused.

Following his only other loss to Junior Dos Santos, he came back to batter Dos Santos. He didn’t just beat him once, but twice. In this week’s edition of The List, I talk about what made Randy Couture a household name. It was the number of times he fought for the title, and the number of times that he was crowned champion. Couture won the heavyweight championship three times. That’s the record in the division, but if Velasquez can regain the championship he will be tied for that record.

While having a long reign as champion is obviously the goal for any fighter, what Cain has displayed thus far is an ability to bounce back. His resiliency is relatable and that is priceless. As a fan, what first drew me into the sport was watching fighters overcome adversity, both inside the cage and outside. Cain Velasquez has the opportunity to become a fan favorite if he is able to return to greatness following his most recent injury and loss. At just thirty-two years of age, he has sufficient time to solidify himself in the history books as one of the greatest fighters of all time.

About The Author

Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.