UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez earned $400,000 (base salary) for about 80 seconds of work last night as he earned a ref stoppage over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in their title match at UFC 160. Velasquez will face nemesis Junior Dos Santos next, as Junior earned a big KO victory over tough Mark Hunt to set up a third meeting between the two. After watching the fights, the lines for Velasquez-Dos Santos 3 are likely to come out with Velasquez a pretty strong favorite, probably somewhere between 2 to 1 to 3 to 1 when the lines hit the sport books.
First of all, with the current state of the Heavyweight division, the UFC should put this match on in late August or September, leaving the winner to fight again on New Year’s against a list of contenders that include Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier, Roy Nelson and Alistair Overeem. A more likely scenario sees the UFC waiting until November or actually New Years to produce the fight. If they are healthy, both men still have youth on their side, let them fight!
Both men own victories over the other, so a third fight was inevitable. Dos Santos has said all the right things, he did his job in taking out the rugged Hunt and he is certainly hungry to regain the belt he held. But there is a feeling that Velasquez has entered an era of dominance in his career and that he is now further along than Dos Santos.
It is probably true that Velasquez established himself as a better fighter with the 25 minute ass whooping he gave Dos Santos in their second meeting and that he has extended the gap between the two since then. But it still doesn’t quite make Velasquez a safe bet.
Dos Santos socked Mark Hunt with massive power shots, and body shots that eventually took out the big behemoth Hunt. He will be armed with those hands throughout the fight with Velasquez and Velasquez has wobbled when hit.
Velasquez fought a near perfect 25 minutes in their second meeting, absorbing little damage at all. Can he duplicate that impressive feat again?