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Inside the cage or out, Velasquez stands proud

Cain Velasquez is well aware of the accomplishments put forth by Hispanic-Americans and understands the expectations to remain a role model and perform at the highest level inside the cage. Franklin McNeil looks at what Hispanic Heritage Month means to the UFC fighter.

Originally Published: September 23, 2008
By Franklin McNeil | Special to ESPN.com

Independence: It is the heart and soul of all Americans. Every year on July 4, Americans unite to celebrate our freedom.

But for Hispanic-Americans, the celebration doesn't end in July. During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15), Americans from Central and South America celebrate the independence of their native lands and the pride of their heritage.

"I was raised Hispanic, as a Mexican, and my parents always celebrate [Mexican Independence Day]," rising mixed martial ...

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