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Cain Velasquez glad he didn’t knock Junior dos Santos out early

Velasquez v Dos SantosA lot has been said about the toughness former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos displayed in his title-loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155. “Cigano” was hurt early and often in the bout, finding the inner strength to hold on and weather the relentless pounding of Velasquez throughout the 25-minute tilt.

Though Velasquez doesn’t deny Dos Santos did an excellent job at surviving, it turns out the newly named divisional king is actually happy he didn’t put his foe away early on in the main event match-up.

“I’m kind of glad (I) didn’t get that knockout in the first round cause then (people) would have been like, ‘Oh, well Cain knocked him out in the first round…HE caught HIM.’ At least we got to do the whole five rounds where I won every round,” admitted Velasquez in an interview with Middle Easy, adding he initially thought the referee was going to step in and stop things.

“For a split second I did,” explained Velasquez. “There just wasn’t enough power in those punches on the ground so I was like, ‘Ah, he’s gonna recover. That’s fine. I’ll just soften him up.’”

As for what’s next, Velasquez pointed to the winner of an upcoming clash between Alistair Overeem-Antonio Silva, also stating he would be heading back to the gym right away to work on improving even if he looked like an unbeatable force in his most recent rumble.

“Guys are gonna get better over time. The sport is so new still, people are still evolving so (I’ve) gotta keep evolving,” said the 11-1 Velasquez.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    If the Cain Velasquez we saw Sat. Night is the real one and their first match up was just a fluke and his injury really affected him that badly, the HW division better step up their game. JDS is far from some chump and Cain had not one, but TWO 10-8 rounds on at least one scorecard.

    If the same Cain shows up for the next fight, it would be hard to see how he could lose that belt.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Cain is a monster. I think he’s clearly ahead of the rest of the pack, with the possible exception of Overeem. Reem is a scary dude himself, but he’d have to catch Cain in the 1st round. Beyond that, Cain would wear that big sumbitch out and eventually maul him.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Which Overeem are you talking about that’s scary Richard? The one that ragdolled Rogers, or the one that barely won a decision against Werdum in his next fight?

  • climbarock says:

    Sounds like Cain is thumping his chest and discrediting JDS’s win in their first fight.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    @AO Yeah, the Werdum fight was ugly, but sandwiched around that was Reem ragdolling guys like Rogers, Duffee & Lesnar. And as ugly as the Werdum fight was, to me it felt like Reem was pretty much in control the entire way, with Werdum unwilling to engage and simply trying/failing to pull guard over & over.

    Also, I remember watching an interview after the fact where Reem mentioned some sort of issue that jacked up his training camp & cardio (a foot injury IIRC), so I was doing a quick search just now to find it and instead stumbled across these comments from Werdum…

    “What I did was awful, ugly to see. I want to apologize to Brazilian fans and MMA fans. It wasn’t a good fight for me or Overeem.”

    “I felt he (Reem) was much stronger than me. I tried to take him down many times, with double-legs, single-legs but it was like hitting a wall. He was impressively strong. It wasn’t a lack of training. I worked hard with Mark Munoz, I took down everyone at the gym, but it was different in the fight.”

    That’s pretty lofty praise from an opponent, and the way the whole thing went down I don’t really hold that against Reem too much, sorta like Maynard vs. Guida. More of a throw away fight. So anyway, I don’t think there’s any doubt Reem is an absolute force, with incredibly powerful & dynamic striking, but I think Cain would manage to avoid an early KO and then start to impose his will. Should be a great fight if it happens. (And Reem vs. JDS would still be fun as well.)


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