On October 19th at UFC 166 in Houston, UFC heavyweight champion
Cain Velasquez is on a two part mission to prove that the former
champ Junior dos Santos’ win over Velasquez at UFC on FOX in
November 2011 was a fluke. The first half of that statement was
received loud and clear in the rematch at UFC 155 when Velasquez
delivered a brutal 5 round drubbing of dos Santos to reclaim the
heavyweight crown. In the hotly-anticipated closeout of this
tremendous trilogy, Velasquez wants to leave no doubt in
anyone’s mind that he is the division’s best and dos
Santos simply got lucky.
“I’m going to win this one,” affirms
Velasquez. “It is dangerous to be comfortable on your feet
with Junior because his strong point is boxing. The moment when he
gets really comfortable, he settles, that’s when he’s
the most dangerous. But I’m not just boxing with him.
I’m trying to throw everything at him. The moment he thinks
I’m going to box with him, that’s when I’m going
to wrestle him. When he thinks I’m going to wrestle with him,
that’s when I’m going to box with him and that’s
when I’m going to kickbox with him. I’m going to do
everything. I’m not going to give this belt away. I’m
going to stay champion for awhile.”
Besides that infamous one punch loss to dos Santos two years
ago, Velasquez has orchestrated a flawless attack of the
weightclass and all who are in it since joining the UFC in 2008.
The former 2x NCAA Division I All-American wrestler from Arizona
State University ran roughshod over 7 opponents including 6 KO/TKO
finishes on the way to his first title with back-to-back Knockout
of the Night wins over former UFC interim-heavyweight champ Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.
Since the misstep against dos Santos, Velasquez has demolished
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva twice with TKO stoppages in the
first round and dominated dos Santos for 25 minutes in their
fateful rematch late last year.