Cain Velasquez On UFC 166 Bout With Dos Santos: This Settles It


Cain Velasquez isn’t one for trash talk ahead of his fights; he likes to let his hands do the talking, as it were. Look no further for proof of that, than UFC 155. Velasquez rag dolled Junior Dos Santos in their second bout, more so than any other fighter had even come close to.

The fight at 155 was vengeance for Velasquez, who had suffered a shattering 64 second KO at the right hand of JDS the previous year; losing his Heavyweight title and unbeatable aura in one evening. The horrific pasting he put to JDS can only be likened to attempted murder.

So for the third time in two years, Dos Santos and Velasquez will go to war, and CV plans on settling things once and for all. Check out what he had to say regarding the enigmatic trilogy with Cigano, to LA Times:

“With his punching power and considering it’s an MMA fight, anything can happen,” Velasquez said. “We have to be on form with our offense, defense, technique, for everything that will happen that night.”

“His technique can be a little different — that’s what he wants, to be more aggressive, throw different stuff, like he did in the Mark Hunt fight,”

Dos Santos certainly looked a renewed fighter at UFC 160, when he put on a FOTN performance against Mark Hunt. The third round KO via spinning heel kick was testament to Cigano’s evolution as a fighter; His cardio was much improved, his footwork was quicker, his hands were heavier and faster, and he just seemed more comfortable in the cage.

On that same night in May, Velasquez squashed Bigfoot Silva in their highly (or not) anticipated rematch. Scoring a first round TKO, eerily reminiscent of their first bout. Velasquez knows what he will have to endure at UFC 166 this Saturday, and claims to be ready and well prepared:

“He’ll want to keep the fight standing like he always does, but how he’ll be more aggressive is yet to be determined. I train for everything that we think might come at us.”

“He’s won one, I’ve won one,” Velasquez said. “This settles it.”

The anticipation grows as the decider in this exciting trilogy approaches, but this may not be the last time that JDS and CV meet. The division is still very shallow and these two are, by far, the biggest talents at Heavyweight right now.


  • Awesome!!!!!! Best HW fight of all time rigth here!!!!!

    • I do agree I think these are the 2 most talented HW's. Cain Velasquez's striking improves greatly from fight to fight. I still haven't seen evidence of 1 punch K.O power but he's an all around GREAT fighter. JDS' I also believe to be very well rounded. People see his boxing 1rst style and tend to think of him as only a striker, but that doesn't mean he lacks anywhere. His TDD is great, yet to see his BJJ but training under the Nog's with his athletic ability I'd be inclined to think he learns it very quickly. In the 1rst fight he was able to stop a good amount of takedowns, Cain was just rabid and stuck to a mixed style very well even getting the better of Junior standing. I think JDS will stuff more takedowns this time around and because of that be more comfortable with his hands. Even if Junior made NO improvements from the last fight he'd still have a great shot. When you say a punchers chance in most fights it's almost meant as a lucky blow. JDS has a punchers chance and he's 1 hell of a puncher! JDSSSSSS K.O round 2 very early!!! either way I'm sure I won't be disappointed with how entertaining the fight is. I respect both guys even though Junior is my favorite HW, I can't be mad when Cain is champ because of how skilled he is for a big man. (and he beat bum Brock Lesnar)

    • To date! I would not necessarily say "of all time" as there have been numerous outstanding battles! Their styles will clash! That's for sure!

    • @Brasil….Do you think the Mexican guy is going to win ?

  • I feel what you're saying Pimp Skillet but f*ck favorites i go on facts & Caim will dominate once again.

  • If Dos Santos wins, I wanted Cormier continued in heavyweight, because there is no one at the level of these guys!!

  • I expect to see Cain with 200 takedown/attempted takedowns. He doesnt want to stand and trade the majority of the fight. If anything, Cain might mentally play it safer knowing his belt is on the line. JDS will be going all out. It will get interesting.

  • ian

    Cain will take this for sure.

  • This is just in: Anderson did not allow Ramon Lemos (jiu jitsu coach) to travel and corner for JDS….Anserson wants his team to be focus preparing for what he thinks is one of the most important fight of his career…..the goat is coming for the belt!!

  • Sorry Cain, but while this might settle it, there could just as easily be another fight. I like JDS's attitude about the possibility of another match better.

    I'm surprised JDS is such a big underdog. Sure Cain, dominated the entire last fight, but that is because Cigano was basically out on his feet the whole time. And he still couldn't finish him.

    I think whoever connects with the first big strike wins. It could easily be a repeat of the first fight.

  • @enjoy …. I would say 60/40 in favor of Cain…..but i think he is American ; )

    • Thats debatable 8))

    • good response Brasil….! Another 25 minutes of potential craziness. Can't wait. I'm picking jnr to take it by TKO in second or third.