UFC 166 extended preview

“This fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos

is an end to the most exciting trilogy in UFC heavyweight

history.” – Kenny Florian

Not just actual UFC history, but probable UFC history as the

previous championship bouts were the storybook wins these two

titans could have only dreamed of. In their first meeting, Junior

dos Santos appeared at his best, and, in their second meeting, Cain

Velasquez appeared at his best. On October 19th at UFC 166 in

Houston, Texas, this trilogy ending UFC heavyweight championship

title fight will be the career defining moment for each of these

indomitable forces to prove that they can do it again.

On UFC on FOX’s inaugural telecast, it took only one punch

in one minute in the one fight shown to give dos Santos one big,

gold belt. “At the time, Cain was undefeated and it was good

to be the first guy to defeat him,” tells dos Santos who owns

7 KO/TKO victories inside the Octagon including his most recent

spinning heel kick knockout of Mark Hunt in May. “I’m

more powerful than Cain Velasquez. When I hit people, they go down.

He already tasted it and I want to show him this part of me

again.”

Just 13 months after losing the belt, Velasquez earned a rematch

with dos Santos at UFC 155 where Velasquez beat the then champ from

pillar to post for 25 grueling minutes to reclaim the title.

“He beat me once and that’s it – that’s all

he’s getting,” states Velasquez who is the only fighter

in Octagon history to land over 100+ strikes and score 10+

takedowns in one fight like he did to dos Santos in that rematch.

“I’m an aggressive fighter. I’m always throwing

something at you whether it’s the boxing, it’s the

kickboxing, it’s the wrestling – I’m always going

forward.”

In the co-main event, bad blood feud has erupted over social

media and will be settled in the cage between The Ultimate Fighter

10 winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson and former

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier. A war

of words has focused these two heavies in the gym to the point that

the winner of this match-up could be angling for a title shot at

light-heavyweight. Regardless, the action in the Octagon will be

intense as the former Olympic wrestler turned undefeated MMA

juggernaut Cormier tangles with the one punch KO power of Nelson

who owns 4 Knockout of the Night bonuses amongst his 6 KO/TKO wins

in the UFC.

On the flip-side, the lightweight collision between former #1

contenders Diego Sanchez and Gilbert Melendez is about nothing but

mutual respect. “I’m a high intensity guy and

he’s a high intensity guy, so it was like two bulls in a cage

going at it,” states Melendez who has previously trained with

Sanchez and expects a 3 round war for the ages. Both former TUF 1

winner Sanchez and former long-time Strikeforce lightweight champ

Melendez believe an impressive win will could catapult them toward

another UFC title shot.