To date, Cain Velasquez has pretty much cruised through the opposition, which is why the ridiculously athletic heavyweight sits at #5 on the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings. The only setback he’s suffered in 13 pro bouts, of course, was when he was flattened by Junior dos Santos at UFC on FOX 1 in November, 2011.
Since then, it’s been revealed that Velasquez had a knee injury prior to their first encounter, although, the noted wrestler never cited it as an excuse or disclosed the severity. As a result, Velasquez boosters have dismissed what went down during that fight, and see the one sided UD he scored over JDS in the rematch, as why the champ will win the rubber match on October 19th. Not surprisingly, the boxing coach of dos Santos, Luiz Carlos Dorea , doesn’t agree.
While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Dorea had this to say about Velasquez, and what’s going to happen at UFC 166.
“I have no doubt that we will get closer to the knockout as soon as ‘Cigano’ lands one or two punches,” Dorea said. “Cain’s ability to take a punch is his weakness, and that’s what we will explore in this fight.”
“Cain is a complete fighter, deserves our respect, but ‘Cigano’ is stronger and more durable,” he said. “The best way to win this fight is work on the punches, and we know the title is coming back to Brazil.”
Now it should also be noted that JDS was coming off a divorce prior to facing Velasquez for a second time at UFC 155, and Dorea claims the former champ will be “100% focused” for the third instalment. Now that’s a big fight.
UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center and the main card will be available via pay-per-view. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your coverage.