At UFC 155 Cain Velasquez made sure that everyone knew Junior Dos Santos beating him was because he wasn’t at 100%. A lot of fighters attribute a loss to injuries and not being able to come into a fight at full strength. Give Dos Santos his credit though because he has been able to stop most men with his striking but that was not the case tonight. Tonight was all Cain and he was ready for the boxing skills with suburb movement to stay clear of the strikes.
Velasquez came out as his usual self tonight; highly aggressive and looking to implement his will. Much like he did against Brock Lesnar to capture the title and in his most recent fight with Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Velasquez was firing off punches and looking to take the fight to the ground. Velasquez shot for numerous singles that the then champ was able to pull his leg out of the way of. Velasquez finally got JDS down midway through the first round after he dropped him with a right hand. From there on Velasquez showed the wrestling skills that made him a two time All-American and two time Pac-10 champion at Arizona State University.
Cain smothered JDS with ground and pound and wrestling never giving him any space for pretty much the rest of the 25 minutes that these two men fought. Velasquez fought of a knee bar early and even tried for an arm-bar late in the second round against the black belt BJJ artist. The rest of the fight was more of the same as Velasquez would get the take down beat on dos Santos for a little bit; dos Santos would get up to his feet and Cain would be all over him against the fence working another take down. When they would look to stand and strike it was Velasquez who would be getting the advantage and dos Santos would back up as Cain came forward until he was pinned against the cage again. Dos Santos was able to land some punches but he didn’t look like he had much on them as he was clearly in trouble in the first. For the next four rounds dos Santos looked extremely exhausted as he was spending most of the time supporting not only his 239 pounds but also the 240 of Velasquez who was all over him.
Velasquez connected with a high kick to the throat of JDS in the last round and another big take down to put a stamp on the evening and take the unanimous decision with scores of 50-45, 50-43, and 50-44 from the judges. With the win the now two-time heavyweight champion moves his record to 11-1 and revenges the 64 second loss of his belt. While Junior dos Santos record now stands at 15-2 and ends a ten fight win streak in his first defeat in the UFC.
“I knew that Junior was a tough striker and he was able to end our last fight that way, so I was prepared for him this time,” said Cain. “I was able to use my striking and my grappling to control him and get the title back.”
“Velasquez is a tough opponent,” said the always-gracious dos Santos. “His grappling is great and tonight his striking was great as well. Congratulations to him on his victory.” Before leaving the Octagon, dos Santos vowed to rematch Velasquez again and do as the new champion did and recapture the belt.