Cain Velasquez doesn’t fight at optimum weight category, says Mike Dolce

Prominent dietician Mike Dolce believes Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez might have missed his calling to make a mark in the Light Heavyweight division.

The Heavyweight has been a one man wrecking machine during his stint in the division, taking down fighters much bigger than him but despite all the success that he has had, Dolce still doesn’t believe the Cuban American is anywhere close to fighting at his optimum weight.

Dolce said in an interview that he personally believes that athletes should ideally compete in a level that only requires 8-10% body fat. He mentioned that Heavyweight fighters do not like to hear such things. He mentioned that fighters like Cain Velasquez have been successful because they are genetic freaks and any sports science expert will agree with what he has to say.

Werdum can beat Cain Velasquez, thinks JDS

The jury is still out on whether Fabricio Werdum can pull off another shock and dethrone reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 180 but former divisional kingpin Junior dos Santos thinks he can do it.

The Brazilian is the only fighter in the promotion to have knocked out both Velasquez and Werdum and although he did not think very highly of his fellow Brazilian, his performance against Travis Browne changed his opinion completely.

Dos Santos said that the last outing he made against Browne was extremely impressive, adding that he hasn’t seen him fight as impressively as he did against Browne; he got a big win against a highly fancied opponent and will take that confidence into the match against Velasquez.

The former UFC Heavyweight champion also said that he will be rooting for his compatriot against Cain Velasquez but also, he thinks it is not an impossible task to beat the Cuban American.

He stated that as a Brazilian, he will hope that Werdum is able to bring the UFC gold back to the country but admits it will be a difficult, albeit a not impossible task. He mentioned that his arch enemy is a great fighter with an amazing cardio rate, but he also knows his compatriot is training very hard to combat that. Dos Santos believes if Werdum fights the same he did during his last match, he will have a great chance of winning the match.

Cain Velasquez hasn’t fought since his win over Junior dos Santos last October and his first match upon his return to the Octagon will be against Werdum and the Brazilian is hopeful this time, the Cuban American is not fully fit to secure the win against his compatriot as easily as against him.

Hurricane Rubin Carter passes away

Rubin Carter, the legendary boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for nineteen years in one of the most blatant racist acts in the United States of America in the 1960s, has died.

The trials and tribulations undergone by Hurricane, as he was known, have been the subject for both songs and films. Born in 1937, Carter was not one of the finest boxers ever to grace the sport but his fame reached stratospheric levels when he was convicted of the murder of three white men back in 1967 and spent 18 years in jail after the trial.

Bob Dylan wrote the song “Hurricane” on the life of the fallen boxer which featured on his album Desire. Hollywood star Denzel Washington recreated the life, the trials and tribulations of Carter in The Hurricane, a critically acclaimed film that was released in 1999 and which earned the Hollywood star an Oscar nomination in the Best Actor category.

Carter was among many men during that era whose life found meaning through boxing. He had a troubled childhood and ended up as a petty thief but boxing was his true calling and he racked up a record of 27-12-1 with 19 wins coming via knockout.

The Hurricane fought at Middleweight and between 1961 and 1966, he was one of the best Middleweights in the country and even defeated Emile Griffith via knockout in 1963.

He had been given just one shot at the world title but lost it and his career never truly took off and he was more or less a regional fighter at best.

Rubin Carter was finally freed from prison in 1985 after years of fighting the wrongful conviction and subsequent sentencing and since then, had been living in Canada and worked as a motivational speaker.