‘He Had Weird Genetics’- Joe Rogan and Leon Edwards Marvel Cain Velasquez’s Cardio

Published 04/10/2021, 1:06 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Commentator Joe Rogan during the UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight fighter Leon Edwards joined Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience show #106. ‘Rocky’ met with the UFC commentator him after the Belal Muhammad fight back in March at a UFC Fight Night event. In the episode, they engaged in a discussion about the heavyweight fighters.

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They talked about Stipe Miocic and his accomplishments in the UFC. Rogan also believes Miocic is the most successful heavyweight, but he said, “It’s hard to say who the G.O.A.T is.”

Edwards responded, “For me Cane Cardio Cane Velasquez.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez attends a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Velasquez will face WWE champion Brock Lesnar and WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will take on heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rogan praised Velasquez and said, “He puts a pace on you that’s inhuman. I don’t know how he does it either. He had weird genetics. That’s the only thing that could have explained it because I talked to DC goes, dude. He would take three weeks off and then come to the gym and out cardio everybody, and it just didn’t make any sense. That’s a one in like a hundred million people.”

Cain Velasquez vs Fedor Emelianenko- A dream match that may not happen

Cain Velasquez was unlike any heavyweight as he offered pace and stamina within the cage. He won four out of his six title fights in the UFC. He faced and defeated some of the scariest men on the planet like Brock Lesnar, Antonio Silva, and Junior Dos Santos.

The former UFC heavyweight champion used to train with Daniel Cormier due to which he also acquired great wrestling skills. Given his all-round dominance, there were always calls of a dream fight pitting Velasquez against Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko (39-6).

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Rogan also wished to see this fight when the legends were at the peak of their powers, as a fight between the two would have been a spectacle to watch. Joe Rogan said, “Cain was a monster. Cain vs Fedor would have been the sh*t. Cain vs Fedor would have been fuc***g amazing.”

Whilst Velasquez is retired, Emelianenko still plies his trade at Bellator MMA. Considering the former’s status, a fight between the two may not be possible, but combat fans may know that retirements don’t really mean that fighter is done for good.

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What do you make of Rogan and Edwards’ comments? Do you feel Velasquez was a heavyweight unlike any other? Who would you pick in a dream fight between him and Emelianenko?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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