Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, reestablished himself as a force to be reckoned with at UFC 146, manhandling Antonio Silva at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Coming into UFC 146, some MMA fans questioned Cain’s mental state, considering the fact he was brutally knocked out in his last fight against current champion Junior dos Santos, 64 seconds into the promotion’s debut on Fox. However, Velasquez’ first professional loss only made him hungrier, and he went right to work against Silva at UFC 146, taking the giant down and pounding out his way to victory.
Like many MMA fans, UFC president Dana White was impressed with Cain’s performance, and a dos Santos-Velasquez II fight is already in the works.
“Yeah, that’s what’s next,” White told Ariel Helwani when asked about the possibility of a rematch between Velasquez and dos Santos. “Not only did he [Cain] look good, he looked lean. Really lean.”
A rematch between dos Santos and Velasquez certainly makes a lot of sense, considering the fact that Cain seems to be the toughest challenger out there for the Brazilian champion. Dos Santos made quick work out of Velasquez in their last bout, but there is no question that the fight could have been a lot more competitive. Velasquez simply got caught early on at “UFC on Fox,” something that can happen to any fighter inside the cage.
I certainly like the idea of a Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos II bout, with the winner facing Alistair Overeem when he returns from his suspension.
The UFC’s heavyweight division hasn’t always been the most exciting, but things are starting to shape up for the promotion. With Velasquez back in full force, and Daniel Cormier possibly coming over to the UFC depending on the results of his next fight, we might even get to enjoy some teammate vs. teammate drama sometime in the future.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.