"I don't know (what happens if he doesn't win)," Velasquez said. "Maybe (Nelson or Struve). We'll see what the UFC decides and see what happens with this fight. I really haven't thought about who it will be if Overeem doesn't win. The UFC hasn't said anything, either. But he's definitely one of the best."
Velasquez may not have to worry about Nelson or Struve, as Overeem is the odds-on favorite to take out Silva at UFC 156.
Velasquez thinks Overeem will walk away with his hand raised at UFC 156.
"I think he'll win," Velasquez told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I think Bigfoot's a tough dude, also, but Overeem definitely has a great chance. He's been one of the top guys in this sport forever now. He's a big, strong guy with a lot of power. He definitely has a good chance."
Velasquez has been feeling great since capturing the UFC heavyweight championship from Junior dos Santos.
"It felt good, not just to beat him (but to avenge a loss)," he said. "At that time, Junior seemed unbeatable – takedown defense, his standup and boxing. All that stuff. It was definitely rewarding. It was great.
"Just losing that fight with Junior, the first one, and knowing the circumstances and everything with it left a damper on me. I wanted to come back and just win that fight. It made me angry, all the people around me, that fell apart with that loss. There's nothing you can really do except move forward. Some of the coaching staff kind of blamed each other, and it was a big controversy in the gym, whereas I was, 'Hey, man, it was me that lost that fight – you guys didn't lose the fight.' Just drop it, let's move forward, let's move ahead. They took it harder than I did. I just wanted to keep moving forward."
Velasquez will likely fight Overeem if the big man comes away victorious at UFC 156. If Overeem loses, he may fight Roy Nelson or Stefan Struve.
Besides Overeem vs Silva, UFC 156 features a headlining tilt between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo.