The UFC’s fall schedule is starting to fill up with big time fights, as not long after Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on September 21st, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will probably fight for a third time in October.
According to multiple reports, UFC President Dana White announced at a media scrum today in Winnipeg that the tilt will likely take place at UFC 166, which will be hosted by Houston, Texas. The card does not have a date or venue set yet.
So, if the match-up goes down when the promotion wants, it will take place approximately two years after dos Santos stopped Velasquez in the opening round at UFC on FOX 1 in November, 2011. Dos Santos went on to defend the title last May by stopping Frank Mir at UFC 146, before losing by unanimous decision to Velasquez at UFC 155 in December.
Most recently, he ensured he’d get another crack at Velasquez by knocking out Mark Hunt with a spinning hook kick at UFC 160 last month. It was a pretty memorable way of locking up a title shot.
Velasquez went on to pummel Antonio Silva at UFC 146, after losing the belt to dos Santos, before reclaiming the belt in impressive fashion at UFC 155. The highly regarded fight was tapped for a rematch with “Bigfoot” at UFC 160, and once again, proceeded to stop the heavyweight in the opening round.
So Houston, it looks like you’re going to be treated to one of the biggest fight’s in the promotion’s history.
Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.
Front-Page Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports