If given another opportunity, Cheick Kongo believes he would trounce Cain Velasquez.
Kongo, who recently parted ways with the UFC, certainly hasn't lost his confidence, despite coming off a devastating first-round knockout loss to Roy Nelson.
In an interview with MMA H.E.A.T's Karyn Bryant, he shocked the world by not only calling out the UFC heavyweight champ, but threatening to beat him up badly:
During the fight with [Nelson], I tried to protect myself and tried to do the right thing, but of course, Cain beat me up so bad. Cain I will f*** you up. You're the champ, okay, but if I had the chance, I would f*** you up...Next time will be my turn so don't worry.
It has been nearly four years since Kongo lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Velasquez at UFC 99.
Outside of former heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos, Kongo is the only fighter to ever hurt Velasquez in the stand-up exchanges, which has obviously boosted his confidence in his chances in a rematch.
It would be ludicrous to completely write off Kongo from once again tapping that sweet spot on the champ's chin, but common sense forces any would-be analyst to shake his or her head at the burly Frenchman's outrageous comments.
Velasquez had only six professional bouts on his record when he met up with Kongo all those years ago. There is absolutely no comparison between the budding, young prospect back then and the dominant world champion currently standing before us.
It only takes one look at Velasquez's performance against Dos Santos at UFC 155 to truly see the kind of nightmare problems he presents to every fighter in the heavyweight division.
Kongo is a long way out from a rematch with Velasquez. For now, his primary goal should be figuring out a way to get back into the UFC.
Time is of the essence for the soon-to-be 38-year-old.