In, what is, another great UFC Primetime, fans are treated to 21 minutes of further insight into these two incredible fighters; Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Of this fight a couple of things appear to be coming clear.
First and as Cain Velasquez’s friend, teammate and training partner, Daniel Cormier, states in the episode, “If there was one negative of the last fight it was that Junior was able to get up so much, whenever Cain worked so hard for the takedown.”
The thing that could be nested within the statement might be the game plan that Velasquez is seeking to execute on the 19th, and perhaps even a tacit acknowledgment that Cain isn’t looking for a stand-up war, with Dos Santos. That Velasquez and his camp have decided on a battle plan of taking Junior down and beating him up on the ground.
Second, Junior’s affirmation that he has to use his full arsenal of weapons informs us that JDS finally understands that the sport is about MMA and not just boxing. That he has to use all of his skills and tools in the Octagon and particularly against a fighter as great as Cain Velasquez.
Finally, what we also know of Junior is that “Cigano” is heading into this fight in great spirits and in peak physical condition. Throughout the two episodes (now), JDS and his camp have constantly referenced his mood and his training regime, and how things are going to be different in this fight. That Cigano isn’t going to tire and gas, and that his head is in this game; that he is happy.
If this is the case and on its surface it all appears to be true, then Junior will have no excuses to hide behind should he come up short in the fight. Many, rightly or wrongly, have accepted Junior’s defense of his last performance and believe that the real JDS wasn’t in the ring that night. Fair enough.
However, Junior needs to prove the case at UFC 166 and if he doesn’t, then his explanations of failure in the second fight will begin to look more like excuses then real factors, and as such, most fans will walk away from the fight knowing that Velasquez was and simply is, the better fighter; no excuses required.