Velasquez Almost Walked Away After UFC 200

At Tuesday’s media event in Phoenix, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez admitted that he almost walked away from the sport following UFC 200.

“It all had to make sense as well for me to come back,” Velasquez said at a media day Tuesday. “Again, it takes a lot out of me from a training aspect. But I love it. I love what I do, I love to go out there and train. I love to train with high intensity. I’m so competitive. I’m so competitive in just my daily life, that’s just how I am. Even when I go in to train, I try to back off a little bit. It’s just the competitiveness in me. To go out there and to win, even in small things. It’s good and bad, but again when everything goes right then you get the best Cain out there.”

“It’s something that I’m happy with,” Velasquez said of his current standing with the UFC. “Something that for me and my family makes sense. Now that we got all that squared away and I took the time to get everything right, I’m ready.”

Velasquez has not fought inside the Octagon since UFC 200 in July 2016, and told reporters that if he was unable to fight and train at a high level anymore, he’d have been fine with walking away from the sport.

“I always thought about it,” Velasquez said. “Just me and my family, we’ve talked about it. My wife and I. Again, if it didn’t make sense, I’d be able to walk away and I would be OK with that. There is life after fighting. It’s all about that. I have kids now. It’s all about that longevity. It just had to all make sense. It has.”

“I’d find it in something,” Velasquez said about satiating his competitive streak after fighting. “Anything. I mean, whatever I would do, I would find it in something, man. And I would be the best as I could at whatever I found.”

Velasquez main events UFC’s Fight Night event in Phoenix on February 17th against Francis Ngannou on ESPN.

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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