Jon Fitch’s AKA teammate Cain Velasquez doesn’t believe the guard is dead

Count out UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez as a non-believer in the closed guard.

The 27-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product on Wednesday broke from welterweight teammate John Fitch’s recently stated position that the fundamental jiu-jitsu position has no place in modern MMA.

“I wouldn’t say that because everybody has that chance to submit people, and this game has grown so big that (you have to be) good in every area of MMA,” Velasquez told reporters during a media teleconference promoting his fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 on Feb. 21 in Sydney, Australia.

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