Cain Velasquez Retains UFC Heavyweight Championship

In another five rounds of the same, Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos to retain his UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday. The fight never seemed to really get totally going to dos Santos as the champion swarmed him, rarely backing up to allow him a chance to throw the single blow that could win the fight.

The fight finished with only 1:54 left in the 5th round, and dos Santos attempted a choke submission which the champion rolled out of, resulting in a bloodied and battered Junior dos Santos being spiked head first into the ground and no longer being able to continue.

After a tense moment in the center of the Octagon when dos Santos came to the center during his announcement and was met by the champion, the first round started with the champion closing the distance on dos Santos, pressing him against the cage and starting his grind. A fresh dos Santos was able to create some distance and threw some big shots that allowed fight fans to see the head movement that the champion has been developing.

Throughout the fight, dos Santos was able to land some nice short elbows while being clinched against the cage. With 2:15 left in the third round, Velasquez was able to clip dos Santos with a big single shot overhand right that clipped the challenger right above his left ear. Velasquez swarmed, dropping shots and then attempted chokes on two separate occasions that may have saved dos Santos. It seemed as though Velasquez may have been able to finish the fight there against any other opponent.

While the champion ground his opponent either into the cage or worked his opponent onto the ground, we saw the typical Velasquez functionality of those strategies with a combination of big bomb from his left and right hands and knees sliding up through the middle, all causing problems for dos Santos.

The question then becomes who can beat Cain Velasquez. With Cormier’s win, the new No. 1 contender is probably not known by the organization, but we will keep you updated.


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