UFC 155: Junior dos Santos (-150) vs. Cain Velasquez (+120)
It’s the fight we’ve all been waiting for, as UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former champ Cain Velasquez are set to collide in the main event of UFC 155.
The bout is a rematch of the pair’s first fight, which took place at UFC on FOX 1, when dos Santos knocked out Velasquez in 64 seconds to win the title on November 12, 2011.
Since that time, dos Santos has defended his belt once against Frank Mir at UFC 146 last May while Velasquez also picked up a big win over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on the same card to become the No. 1 contender, with Alistair Overeem still out due to a drug suspension.
The fight between dos Santos and Velasquez comes down to one question: Can dos Santos stop the takedown?
We all know that Velasquez will be looking to take this fight to the mat to work his wrestling and his ground-and-pound, and dos Santos is going to do everything he can to keep the fight standing and use his superior striking to score the knockout blow.
Velasquez, who is known for his cardio, will be relentless with his takedown attempts. However, dos Santos has shown incredible takedown defense so far in his UFC career and he’s a BJJ black belt. So, even if the fight does hit the mat, he has promised he can score the submission victory.
If the fight stays standing, there’s no doubt that dos Santos has the edge. While both men possess big-time power, dos Santos has some of the best boxing in the sport of MMA today and if Velasquez doesn’t protect himself, the result of their first meeting could easily happen again.
That’s why Velasquez needs to get the takedowns. He needs to get dos Santos on his back and he needs to do everything he can to win this fight and get his belt back. But dos Santos will surely have something to say about that.
Junior dos Santos will have 25 minutes to land one punch on Cain Velasquez and put his lights out. Come Saturday's main event, he’s going to do just that, finishing the former champ yet again while cementing his place as the undisputed No. 1 heavyweight in the world.
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