Did JDS take too much punishment?

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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


Cain Velasquez defeated Junior Dos Santos by TKO stoppage in the fifth and final round of their championship fight at UFC 166, but many believed the fight could have ended much earlier.

During the third round of the fight, Velasquez dropped Dos Santos with a huge shot, putting the Brazilian contender on the mat scrambling to stay alive and not get finished. He valiantly fought back and stood up again, but Velasquez continued to reign shots on his head and face repeatedly to the point where referee Herb Dean stepped in and nearly stopped the carnage.

Sitting cage side, UFC president Dana White and a member of the Fertitta family were wondering what it would take for Dos Santos' corner to concede and for his own good just throw in the towel and stop the punishment.

"I had Tillman Fertitta, Lorenzo and Frank's cousin sitting next to me and asking me 'how does this work, can you throw in the towel?'. That's a good f—king question. I think if I threw the towel in, I'd get f—king beat to death. His corner and half the fans here and probably the next time I went to Brazil," White said following the conclusion of the UFC 166 post fight press conference.

"I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but I'm a big believer and I always say if anybody in his f—king corner cares about him, please throw in that towel. I thought the fight was done in the third round."

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