One of the UFC’s biggest fights this year will go down in just over one week, when heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos battle for a third time at UFC 166. Not only are trilogies a pretty uncommon thing in MMA, but this one features two of the sport’s biggest stars and all three scraps have been title fights. That’s insane.
Of course, since Velasquez is 31 years old and dos Santos is just 29, plenty of pundits and fans believe the two could fight four, possibly five times before their careers are done. But what do the current and former champs think? While speaking to the media recently, here’s what dos Santos and Velasquez had to say (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think this’ll be the last [fight between us]. Obviously this is the one that settles is all,” Velasquez said. “Obviously you have to wait and see, but yeah, I think will be the end of it.”
“I think with this being the third one, we’re both one and one, this’ll kind of settle the whole trilogy itself. That’s it,” he added. “I think there’ll be other opponents that need to be fought.”
Mr. dos Santos, interestingly enough, disagrees.
“Sooner or later we’re going to be fighting again because I think Cain Velasquez is a great opponent and a great fighter. He’s going to try to keep himself in a good position all the time, as a champion or a good position in the ranks. The same with myself. So I think we’re going to see each other again.”
If one man goes out on October 19th and destroys the other, however, will dos Santos feel the same?
UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center and will also feature Daniel Cormier taking on Roy Nelson. The main card will also see Diego Sanchez battle Gilbert Melendez. It should be a doozy.
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