LAS VEGAS – Cain Velasquez (11-1) has done exactly what he promised the fans he would do, shortly after losing his title to Junior dos Santos (15-2) on Nov. 12th, 2011 – he’s earned the UFC heavyweight title back.
It was not just a victory, it was a surprisingly destructive performance over a fellow practitioner in Junior dos Santos. At no time was the now former champ able to mount an offense against the grappling and cardio specialist, Velasquez. Making excellent use of octagon control with his jab, Velasquez pulled the take-downs with ease. Whether standing or on the ground, the now re-crowned champion was constantly mixing it up with punches, leg kicks and even elbows. All credit to the Brazilian, as he never gave up, despite the bout looking to be a one-sided beating, he survived through the full fight.
Official: Cain Velasquez defeats Junior dos Santos via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44)
After putting on a complete demolition of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146, it was clear that Velasquez was in need of a title shot, rematch. The victory proves that match-maker Joe Silva knew that the bout was closer than the stats showed in the first match-up. With question as to who’s next in line for the champ, it will likely be Alistair Overeem with a win over Antonio Silva at UFC 156. Expect to see training partner, Daniel Cormier now looking to drop down to 205 in his UFC transition.