Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 12/30/12

Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez made their sequel to 'Gone in 64 seconds' last night in Vegas. It was called '25 minutes of Vengeance', and it was Velasquez who swung the hammer this time. From bell to bell Velasquez put it on JDS in every aspect of the fight. It became clear as the fight wore on who the best Heavyweight in the world today truly is. Don't worry Dos Santos fans, a trilogy fight is inevitable, and Junior will have plenty of time to make adjustments. 

The Stats:

Velasquez landed 111 significant strikes at a 50 % clip. That's a little over a dozen less than what Bendo landed on Diaz in Seattle earlier this month but let's take a moment to think about this - these are Heavyweights. Junior dos Santos got hit a total of 210 times by this 240 pound beast in 25 minutes. Maybe Nike can invest in a limited edition JDS icepacks and Advil bottles. JDS landed 66 of 146 strikes and went 0'fer in the takedown department. 

Cain telegraphed plenty of takedowns early looking to put the pressure on JDS from the get go. It looked kind of goofy at first but in hindsight you can obviously see that it wore JDS down and took him off his game. He was forced to think for the first time in his UFC career and he never found his rhythm. If JDS can work on his muay thai a little a knee to the face would be smart next time around. Velasquez hit 11 out of 33 takedowns. The lone knockdown Cain scored early was a significant one, although Dos Santos wasn't quick to admit it during the post-fight interview, it was the first time he felt the true power of Velasquez. That's something you cannot train for. 

The Decision: 

Cain Velasquez improves to 11-1 career, 9-1 in the UFC with a 50-45, 50-43, 50-44 unanimous decision victory over Junior dos Santos who falls to 15-2 career, suffering his first defeat in his 10th career UFC fight.  What's Next? Cain Velasquez will get the rare opportunity to make a successful title defense after already losing the strap once before. Expect him to get the winner of Overeem vs. Bigfoot Silva, a fight that will take place on the promotions annual 'Super Saturday' card on February 2nd right back in Vegas. 

AKA has the blueprint hanging up in their gym on how to beat JDS now. Daniel Cormier, win or lose in Oklahoma against Dion Staring come January 12th should get the chance to take on JDS next. If he can win it makes him the true #2 Heavyweight in the world, and forces the two training partners to make a big decision on whether or not they'll fight each other. It could be Koscheck and Fitch all over again, I just don't see these two friends mixing it up outside of a sparring session. Cormier can drop to LHW and get an immediate shot at Jones if he keeps winning at HW and if Cain can defeat Overeem (or Bigfoot) we'll likely see a trilogy fight between him and Dos Santos in the coming years. 

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