As Cain Velasquez continues to prepare for his UFC 160 rematch with Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, the UFC heavyweight champ also believes a rubber match between himself and Junior dos Santos in the future is likely. The reason being, of course, that Velasquez expects to defeat Silva once again– otherwise he wouldn’t be champion–and apparently he’s picking dos Santos to defeat Mark Hunt that same May 25th night.

In a recent interview with MMA, Velasquez was asked for his thoughts on the upcoming dos Santos-Hunt bout, and while finely walking the opinion meridian, the champ noted “either one could win.” When he was really pressed on the matter, however, and asked for a prediction, Velasquez was reportedly much more definitive.

“Junior. He’s more well-rounded. I don’t know, I just think he’s more skilled in the stand up a little bit.”

More well rounded and more skilled on the feet? Interesting. Most pundits are probably picking dos Santos to win, but it will be intriguing to see how long he looks to engage Hunt standing, if the powerful heavyweight lands something telling early on.

UFC President Dana White recently relayed that if dos Santos does take out Hunt, and Velasquez defeats Silva once again, dos Santos vs. Velasquez III is next. While that has all the makings of a huge fight, as who doesn’t like rubber matches, you know the calls for a Hunt-Velasquez tilt will be massive if the K-1 vet pulls off the upset. White has conceded that if Hunt bombs out dos Santos, it will be pretty hard to not give the fan favorite a crack at the belt.

Of course, if “Big Foot” proves the entire MMA world wrong once again (cue footage of his bout with Alistair Overeem), all this conjecture goes straight out the window.

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