Many MMA fans expected Junior dos Santos to win his UFC 155 rematch against Cain Velasquez, but the latter had plans of his own.
Velasquez (11-1-0, 9 KOs) put on one of the most dominant performances of his MMA career at UFC 155, bullying dos Santos (15-2-0, 11 KOs) with his wrestling from start to finish. Surprisingly, Cain also dominated the striking exchanges during their five-round title battle, hurting the Brazilian early and often.
The Octagon-side judges scored every single round in Velasquez’ favor, making him the new UFC heavyweight champion.
Junior dos Santos — who’s still recovering from the beating he took at UFC 155 — has been graceful in defeat, but he doesn’t think he fought anywhere close to his true ability. “Cigano” looks forward to the opportunity to fight Velasquez again, and he wouldn’t mind an automatic rematch.
“I think the fans would love to see this rematch right now,” dos Santos said during a conversation with MMAjunkie.com Radio, per USA Today. “I would love to have this rematch right now. I don’t know if it’s possible or if Cain Velasquez is going to accept it, but I would love it. … I can’t wait. I was ready for this fight, but something was wrong with my mentality. It was very hard for me, so I can’t wait. … I know this rematch is going to happen. But if it happens as soon as possible, that’s better.”
Given the fact dos Santos only needed 64 seconds to dethrone Velazquez during their first fight at “UFC on Fox,” and how dominant Cain looked during the rematch, a third bout certainly makes a lot of sense. Especially considering the fact dos Santos didn’t look like his normal self at UFC 155.
Velasquez landed a vicious overhand right during the first round of their UFC 155 encounter, and it seemed to suck the fight right out of dos Santos. The Brazilian never really recovered from the brutal shot, making things a lot easier for Cain.
At times during their fight, it seemed like Junior didn’t even want to be inside the Octagon, barely offering any resistance on many of Cain’s takedowns. It was as if dos Santos was expecting to face the guy he knocked out at “UFC on Fox,” and he clearly wasn’t prepared for the Velasquez that showed up at UFC 155.
“I didn’t fight. I don’t know why,” dos Santos added. “If you watch the fight – I’ve watched the fight three times already – I didn’t fight. I just defended myself. I don’t know why. I don’t know what happened to me. For sure, it was a learning experience. … I can’t wait to fight him [again]. I know I have a lot more to show for the fans, and I think the fans know that.”
Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, will get the next shot at the heavyweight title if he gets past Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on Feb. 2, at UFC 156, so dos Santos will probably have to fight at least once before he gets a shot at the belt.
However, that might change if Silva upsets Overeem at UFC 156.
Given how dominant Velasquez was against dos Santos at UFC 155, some MMA fans aren’t interested in a rubber match. However, many would still love to watch a third fight between the two, considering how good both men looked in victory. At this point, it’s already been established that either man is more that capable of securing the “W” whenever the two square up inside the Octagon.