Cain-JDS III was nearly stopped early

Referee Herb Dean came so close to stopping the UFC heavyweight

title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in the

third round that Velasquez’s corner started celebrating.

 

This UFC 166 Fight Flashback goes behind the scenes of that

bloody, Oct. 19 trilogy battle in Houston with new audio and video

footage. The fight truly turned in Velasquez’s favor when he

landed a huge right hand in that third round, buckling dos

Santos’ knees. After that, the challenger was in survival

mode until Velasquez finished him in the fifth round to retain his

belt.

 

Before that third-round barrage, Velasquez’s corner told

him not to expend energy by trying to take dos Santos down –

just press him up against the cage and rough him up. Of course,

Velasquez executed that game plan perfectly, never letting the

Brazilian get into a rhythm.

 

After a fourth round that saw Velasquez continue to dominate

with dirty boxing, dos Santos’ corner told him he had to

finish the champion if he had any hope of winning.

 

“Don’t wait,” his trainers said. “Hit

him right away. It’s now or never.”

 

Dos Santos never got the chance. Velasquez did the same thing

that worked the previous five rounds and dos Santos was unable to

continue after hitting his head on the canvas following a takedown

attempt.

 

After the fight, Velasquez is shown walking with head trainer

Javier Mendez in the bowels of the Toyota Center, his face covered

with bandages. Just another day at work for the guy who might be

the best UFC heavyweight champion of all time.

 

Velasquez has now beaten dos Santos twice after being knocked

out by his rival back in November 2011 on FOX.