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Cain Velasquez thinks he’s in the Royal Rumble

UFC Fight Night: Ngannou v Velasquez Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Cain Velsquez’s WWE debut against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel, well, it didn’t go well.

The Beast Incarnate (kind of) avenged his 2010 loss in the Octagon by tapping Velasquez in Saudi Arabia in about a minute and a half. Since then, Cain’s made a house show appearance and gone back to training. There have been rumors about what’s next for the 38 year old heavyweight, but nothing concrete.

It’s not entirely clear if what Velasquez told The Sun while in the United Kingdom doing promotional work for WWE counts as concrete. He doesn’t sound sure himself. But he does sound like someone who wants another shot at Lesnar - first in the Royal Rumble match on Jan. 26 in Houston, then on April 5 in Tampa.

“I think I’m doing it [the Rumble match], right, I think so.

I can win it, hell yeah, that’s my mentality for everything. For everyone as well, that is how your mentality has to be. I’m going in to win this thing.”

Regarding Brock, his loss to him last year, and his future in WWE, Cain said:

“I thought with the MMA that would be enough, go in there with the same style and same gameplan. But this is a different animal. Brock is the man here, so I ended up getting caught, the match was going my way, he caught me at the end. I just have to keep pushing forward. I am never going to stop fighting to go out there and beat him again.

I don’t know if it’s going to be 2020, but the trilogy will happen some time or another. The more I am here, the more time we spend in between, I am getting better and better.”

Good enough to work the Rumble, with his archrival entering at #1? Good enough to go one-on-one with the WWE champ at WrestleMania 36?

We shall see.

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