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.