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Velasquez not bothered by perceived easy rematch

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02:05 PM ET 05.17 | There's been some criticism from MMA fans that the main event for UFC 160 on May 25th is a fight no one wants to see: the rematch between Cain Velasquez and Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva. Velasquez defeated Silva in dominating fashion last May in a non-title bout. Many fans wonder whether it makes sense for these two to be fighting again. For Velasquez, the fight is still very important. "This is a whole new fight. Obviously, we saw what 'Bigfoot' can do in his past two fights," said Velasquez. 'You can't take him lightly. He's a tough competitor and really dangerous in the Octagon. I don't see it as anything less than a hard, grueling fight. That is what I am expecting." Velasquez believes if nothing else, getting out there and defending the title, even if the the fans think otherwise, is an important exercise for himself and good for the division. "To me, [defending the belt] is the most important thing, just to hold onto it. This is the position I want to be in. I have to go out there and perform," he said. "As far as motivation, it's there. A rematch is what it is. We fought before, and you learn from that fight, but you can't think too much of it."

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, Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
 
May 17, 2013  09:19 PM ET

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