Mendez Talks Cain’s Return & DC’s Retirement Plans
Javier Mendez’ 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting one focused on the UFC’s heavyweight division.
The head coach of the American Kickboxing Academy has not only current UFC heavyweight champion under his schooling, but also trains former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who returns on February 17th for the UFC’s first full card on ESPN.
When it comes to what’s next for the current champion, Mendez still hopes that Cormier fights two-three more times in his career, but can see one fight citing the last dance for the UFC’s heavyweight title holder
“So many things have changed, the landscape, things that were unforeseen,” Mendez said to BJPenn.com. “Now, the retirement thing is going to be prolonged. I don’t know, one fight, two fight, three fights, who knows. The best scenario is for him to fight Brock Lesnar and finish. We will see what happens, it is hard to say.
“For me, he is done with the light heavyweight division so I think he fights Brock.”
Cormier is dead set on retiring by his 40th birthday on March 20th, and eyes a potential move to the WWE, where Lesnar holds their Universal title.
If Cormier does walk away still holding the heavyweight title, Mendez is looking at Velasquez to regain the title he held from 2010-2011 and from 2012-2015.
“For instance, my goal is to get Cain his title back after ‘DC’ vacates later this year,” Mendez said. “Once that is achieved, I am onto the next one, then it will be Justin Willis’ opportunity.”
Velasquez’ first steps back to title contention come against former title challenger Francis Ngannou on February 17th in Phoenix, marking his first fight in three years.
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