UFC on FOX Recap: Dos Santos leaves Anaheim as the new UFC Heavyweight ChampionPosted on November 13, 2011, 12:41 AM by Trent Reinsmith
It was a good thing that the UFC and FOX had a solid plan in place for their initial television broadcast because the main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos lasted a mere 64 seconds.
Not many people thought that the fight between Velasquez and dos Santos would go the five round distance, including it seems, the UFC since they started the fight well after 9:30 p.m. ET, meaning a five-round fight would have ended after the 10:00 scheduled end time. With that being, said most people probably thought the fight would last more than 1:04.
Velasquez looked to use kicks to the lead leg of dos Santos early on, but the fight did not progress long enough for them to have any effect on the challenger. The beginning of the end came when dos Santos tagged Velasquez behind the ear with a big right hand. He then followed the champion to the ground and ended it with 11 additional strikes. The new champion will face the winner of the Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem bout scheduled for December 30 in Las Vegas.
Questions after seeing Cain Velasquez vs Junior dos Santos:
-Why didn’t Velasquez take the fight to the ground? Velasquez is clearly the superior wrestler of the two, had he taken the fight to the mat he could have negated the striking advantage of dos Santos.
-Will there ever be a dominant UFC Heavyweight champion?
Notes and more questions following UFC on FOX 1:
-Did we see the real Alex Caceres on Saturday night? In his first two UFC bouts Caceres didn’t get past the second round, on Saturday night he dominated Cole Escovedo in every aspect of the fight, which one is the real Alex Caceres?
-Is Ben Henderson going to be the one to end Frankie Edgar’s title reign? Since losing the WEC title, Ben Henderson has looked better in each fight he has competed in. He left little question that he deserves the next shot at Edgar, but is he good enough to become the next UFC lightweight champion?
- What’s next for Clay Guida? Guida was on fight away from getting a chance at the UFC lightweight crown, but he came up short against Ben Henderson on Saturday night. There’s no doubt that the fans love to see Guida fight, but at what level will his next fight be contested?
LowKick.com UFC on FOX awards:
-Fight of the Night: It’s very likely that the UFC had the fight between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson pencilled in as winning Fight of the Night honors as soon as it was announced and the lightweight bout did not disappoint. If there were one complaint to be made about this fight it would be that it was only three rounds.
-Finish of the Night: One punch to put the champion down and another 11 to finish him, Junior dos Santos walks away with this one.
Further Reading: Full UFC on FOX Results
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