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Dana White labels Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos trilogy as a “no brainer”

Dana White labels Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos trilogy as a “no brainer”

If there was ever any doubt about the likelihood of UFC heavyweights Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos ending their 1-1 tie inside the Octagon it was erased last night at UFC 160 when both men went on to win their respective rumbles in highlight-reel fashion. Dos Santos picked up his victory by blasting Mark Hunt with a spinning heel kick in the third round of a bout he was already winning, while Velasquez proved concerns about giving Antonio Silva a rematch so soon were just after putting “Bigfoot” down in less than 90 seconds in a title-tilt.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the two would collide again at some point in 2013 assuming each exited the card without any injuries, calling the decision to make the match-up a “no brainer.”

“I really truly believe, and I have for awhile, that Cain is the best heavyweight in the world,” said White to Fuel TV after the event, also giving credit to Dos Santos for his ability to take out an opponent as tough as Hunt.

Dos Santos and Velasquez first faced off in 2011 with “Cigano” scoring a quick knockout. Their second go last December had a far different result with Velasquez dismantling Dos Santos for 25 minutes to land a one-sided decision win.

White’s full take on UFC 160 can be seen below:

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if these two are going to end up being Sylvia/Arlovski of the new generation for awhile, constantly battling each other for the title

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i was saying while watching this event that Cain and Jr could be the first guys fight each other more than three times in the UFC. just doesnt seem to be anyone else near them, both are always gonna be just one or two fights away from a title shot.

  • MCM says:

    I just caught the fights and think the Cain/Bigfoot fight was clearly stopped too early. Bigfoot has taken harder shots than that and come back from them and he was defending himself and standing up. Not that I picked against Cain winning, but that definitely wasn’t the right time to call it.

    I also don’t want to see Cain/JDS III. I’ve stated in other threads why I don’t like the fight divisionally speaking, but after watching the JDS/Hunt fight I also don’t like it for Junior.
    JDS has a tendency to back straight up when being pressured. Against Hunt, as Hunt has becoem a more patient striker this was fine but against a fight as relentless as Cain, this spells disaster for JDS. JDS also has a to circle out, putting his back to his opponent and reset in the center of the cage. Again, effective against Hunt but not so much against someone that will chase him down and continue landing strikes like Cain.

    Oddly enough after watching last nights fights where JDS out struck and KO’d the indomitable Mark Hunt and Cain was gifted a TKO over a very live opponent IMO, I think the 3rd fight between them will go very much the same as the second. And I’m just not interested in seeing that again.

    Thumbs down button is on the right in red.

  • Niv says:

    I definitely have an interest in a third bout as I believe it could really go either way, but I’m not interested in it right now.

    There are fighters like Fabricio Werdum who deserve a shot at that title and if he wins it also has a built in story line with JDS.

    Figure out where Cormier fits in and get the ball moving so he can either fight JJ at 205 or make a move at a title shot as he hasn’t ruled out fighting Cain either.

    A few options exist, JDS should wait a fight or two before getting that shot.


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