Who Wins Between Daniel Cormier vs Cain Velasquez? | Explained

Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez are long time teammates and friends at the American Kickboxing Association.

Many fans often wonder who would get the better of the other during sparring, and if they ever decided to face each other in the octagon one day.

In this page, we will go over who would win in a fight between Daniel Cormier vs Cain Velasquez.

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Who Wins Between Cormier vs Velasquez?

Cormier has stated multiple times that he was unable to beat Velasquez during their sparring sessions.

In fact, Cormier would move down from Heavyweight to Light Heavyweight thinking that Velasquez would be unbeatable for quite some time, as Cormier's ultimate goal was to become a champion.

Cormier is one of the greatest Mixed Martial artists of all time, and it's safe to say that he has a better understanding of who is the better fighter between him and Velasquez.

Daniel Cormier's Credentials

Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, and is the second UFC fighter to ever hold two belts at the same time.

Cormier would win the Light Heavyweight Championship and then move up to Heavyweight, to knock out Stipe Miocic in the first round, and make history while holding both belts.

Cormier would amass a record of 22 wins, 3 losses, and 1 no contest.

His only 3 losses are to two of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists in history, Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.

Although Cormier had massive success in MMA, early in his career he actually dropped down from the Heavyweight division to the Light Heavyweight division, in order to not clash with Cain Velasquez.

Cormier's Relationship With Cain Velasquez

Cormier and Velasquez have been long time training partners at the American Kickboxing Academy and very good friends.

For this reason, they decided that they would never fight each other. Cormier credits Velasquez for helping him transition to MMA so quickly and efficiently:

The 35-year-old Velasquez, a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, is whom Cormier has long credited with helping him evolve so quickly from an amateur wrestler to a mixed martial artist and Strikeforce World Grand Prix heavyweight winner while working together at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. It's also because of that mutual respect that Cormier decided to move down to 205 pounds in 2013 while Velasquez was UFC heavyweight champion in order to avoid them ever having to fight -- a move that began the defining chapter of Cormier's career. 

 

Cain Velasquez's Credentials

Cain Velasquez is one of the greatest Heavyweights to have ever fought in the UFC, and is mostly known for being one of the biggest "What if's" in the sport.

Velasquez is known for his smothering fighting style, as he is in his opponent's face throughout the entire fight while pushing the pace of the fight. Prior to being nicknamed 'Sea Level Cain', he was widely known as 'Cardio Cain'.

Most heavyweights have a very limited gas tank of cardio, as they are typically known as knock out artists that will fight adequately for 1-2 rounds maximum.

However, Velasquez trail blazed his way through the division as he introduced elite wrestling, technical boxing, and amazing cardio to the heavyweight division.

Velasquez would win the UFC Heavyweight championship twice in his career, however his biggest fights would be against injuries.

Although Velasquez was able to do amazing things inside of the octagon, he would also battle knee surgeries, bone spurs in his back, as well as a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum.

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