This past Saturday Night, the UFC 146 Main and Co-Main event went according to everyone’s expectations, with Champion Junior Dos Santos successfully taking out challenger Frank Mir, and former champion Cain Velasquez making short work of Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. What this does is set up the rematch between Velasquez and Dos Santos. And judging by the lack of marquee fights, I am willing to bet this will be the New Year’s offering (the final show of the year, in the last few days of the year).
Interested in betting on UFC? Check out the latest lines for UFC as they come out at BETDSI! Sign up now for an account!There were a few things to take notice of in both of the competitor’s fights from this weekend that I think will lead to the same result. I see no way around Velasquez-Dos Santos II being a near pick ‘em fight, but I think ‘Cigano’ is a bad match up for Cain.
One thing that was masked a little bit in this most recent Velasquez fight was speed, in terms of the fact that Silva is a very plodding, slow fighter. Velasquez is strong a has the killer instinct and he took him out quick.
In Dos Santos’ fight with Frank Mir, the champion was precise and tough, and he took out a bigger man using a combination of speed and strength.
In their first meeting, Dos Santos caught Velasquez in the stand up game, getting off quicker. And I think he is physically faster than Velasquez. He certainly looked it in the first fight.
Velasquez is going to have to come in with a different strategy than to fight Dos Santos at a distance standing up. Velasquez is going to have to get the fight to the ground and get off on his ground and pound.
But Dos Santos is a short, stocky athlete, and despite not having a wrestling background, it is going to be taxing for anyone to get him to the ground. Picture trying to take down a fire hydrant.
Frank Mir weighed in at 260 lbs, and that is a formula for being slow, so maybe ‘Cigano’ looked too quick against another overweight, methodical plodder. But aI don’t think that is the case. What he showed against Mir is that he retains the punching power in the second round, which means he will be dangerous to Velasquez in more than just the opening minutes.
So let’s see when this fight is booked, and for when. It could almost be that Velasquez will be favored, and that would be just awesome for this bettor!