All of the UFC’s next three pay-per-view events feature mind blowing headliners, beginning of course with tonight’s rubber match between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. It’s a massive fight, not only because they’ve fought twice before, but because of each man’s abilities. In other words, JDS and Velasquez aren’t two plodding heavyweights who gas out in five minutes.
In their last meeting, at UFC 155 in December, dos Santos was badly outscored by Velasquez and lost by unanimous decision. So how does the feared striker hope to negate the diverse skill set of the renowned wrestler tonight? Well, by the sounds of it, JDS plans on taking the best defense is a good offense approach (quotes via Fighters Only):
“We always try to analyze and understand the opponent’s game but our main worry for this fight was my attack, not my defense.”
“Of course I need to be ready to defend myself, but a fight can’t be focused only on that. I want to impose my game in the attack and make Cain feel worried about defense.”
Fair enough. Guess we’ll see soon enough if it works. Of course in their first meeting at UFC on FOX 1, dos Santos caught Velasquez early on with a big right hand and finished the deal with follow up punches.
If you’re wondering, dos Santos is a slight underdog on the betting lines heading into tonight, in the range of +150 to +200.