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It didnt take much longer than the 64 seconds Junior dos Santos required to seize the UFC heavyweight belt last year for the Brazilian striker to realize he didnt get the best of Cain Velasquez.
At the interview afterward, I saw how disappointed his was in his performance, dos Santos told FOXSports.com through an interpreter. I know this time Cain will be giving it his all. Hes going to be gunning for me.
In the 13 months leading up to Saturdays rematch at UFC 155 in Las Vegas, dos Santos and the MMA community learned the extent of the injuries Velasquez dealt with during the first bout. Maybe thats why, even though dos Santos is still predicting a knockout victory, he's estimating it'll take at least two or three rounds of the five-rounder at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
I believe in myself a lot, said dos Santos, who entered the original fight with his own knee injury. I believe in my hands. I believe in my knockout power. I know Cains personality. I know hes an excellent fighter. It might take a little bit longer, but the result is going to be the same.
He may take me down 10 times, but Im going to get up 10 times. He can get 10 punches in and I am going to take 10 punches. I know Cain will be knocked out.
Thats about as bold as the usually soft-spoken dos Santos gets, either in his native tongue, Portuguese, or in English, a language hes become amazingly fluent in over the last couple of years.
I have a lot of respect for Junior (and) the way he carries himself in the cage and out, Velasquez said last week on a conference call with reporters. No trash talking, just down to business.
Velasquez is also a fighter of few words, so the pure anticipation of two the UFCs best heavyweights in the Octagon not showmanship will sell this fight.
I think Cain Velasquez is a good professional, dos Santos said. He doesnt say trash things to promote his fights. And he's a great fighter.
Dos Santos, however, does have an ego or, at the very least, believes strongly in his abilities.
I want to break all the records, dos Santos said. I want the record for the most defenses. My biggest goal is just to keep going and going. I want to continue this professional trajectory and increase the opportunities coming my way. I want to keep providing a better life myself and my family.
Dos Santos successfully defended his belt with a second-round TKO of Frank Mir in May. Another win over Velasquez will pull dos Santos even with Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar for the most title defenses by a heavyweight with two.
While dos Santos is favored by the oddsmakers, Velasquez has been given some deference with the release of a video that purportedly shows the former Arizona State All-American wrestler tearing his ACL two weeks before he faced dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1.
Cain said at Thursdays news conference that he wished the video which was released without his approval never came out.
You dont make excuses for yourself, Velasquez said. I went in and fought, and that was it.
Velasquez said hes healthy for the rematch as he looks to avenge his only professional loss. Dos Santos, however, said hes not the same fighter either a scary thought for somebody who needed just over a minute to win the original bout.
I feel Ive evolved as a fighter, dos Santos said. I feel stronger and smarter than when I came into the first fight.
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6'1" 240 lbs (Heavyweight)
77" reach, Orthodox
July 28, 1982
10-1 (UFC: 8-1)
1 straight win
Brown belt in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu
NJCAA National Champion in wrestling
NJCAA All-American in wrestling
Two-time NCAA All-American in wrestling
“UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II” took place Saturday inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cain Velasquez promised he would be more aggressive than he was in last November’s encounter with Junior dos Santos, and the former heavyweight champ kept his word in Saturday night’s featured attraction.
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UFC 155 will go down this Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final fight card of the year features a Heavyweight Title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez as the main event.
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All the major players participating in Saturday’s “UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II” extravaganza will be hitting the podium today inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In addition to UFC president Dana White (Pictured), all the athletes participating in the pay-per...
UFC 155 saw former champ Cain Velasquez regain his heavyweight title in a five round thrilling battle against the durable Junior dos Santos. The Mexican heavyweight came in as a slight underdog after a KO loss to dos Santos in their first outing but proved that, when healthy, Velasquez is a completely different fighter. Whilst the main event and co-main event made up for a lackluster PPV...
It didn't take much longer than the 64 seconds Junior dos Santos required to seize the UFC heavyweight belt for the Brazilian striker to realize he didn't get the best of Cain Velasquez the first time around.
"At the interview afterward, I saw how disappointed his was in his performance," dos Santos told FOXSports.com through an interpreter. "I know this time...
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Cain Velasquez beat Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 to regain the heavyweight title. Read some details about what went down.
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UFC 155: DOS SANTOS VS. VELASQUEZ 2Date: December 29, 2012Location: Las Vegas, NevadaVenue: MGM Grand Garden ArenaBroadcast: Pay-per-view, FX, FacebookMAIN (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez - for heavyweight titleJoe Lauzon vs. Jim MillerTim Boetsch vs. Constantinos PhilippouAlan Belcher vs. Yushin OkamiDerek Brunson vs. Chris LebenPRELIMINARY...
Top ranked UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will be closely watching the action inside the Octagon this Saturday night at UFC 155 as heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos faces off against number...
The fighters taking part in tomorrow’s UFC 155 event took to the scales today in anticipation for the big fight card.
The main event is set as both Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez made the 265lbs weight limit. They will battle in a rematch for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Check out the full weigh in results below.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
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Following tonight’s UFC 155 main card keep it locked to MMASucka.com for the post-fight press conference.
Expected to meet with the media is UFC President Dana White, as well as main event fighters Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. Also in attendance will be some of the other big winners from the UFC 155 event.
The post-fight press conference will begin at approximately 10...
Pro wrestling talent took to their Twitter accounts to comment on last night’s title change at UFC 155. Here are some of their posts.
Steve Austin: “Congratulations to Cain Velasquez. Helluva damn performance. One bad ass cat. #UFC Dos Santos’ heart, strength, and durability so impressive”
Alberto Del Rio: “Cainnnnn awesone… Welcome back to school Dos Santos”