Cain Velasquez handled Antonio Silva Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 146, scoring a takedown and bloodying the face of Silva with a vicious elbow. The successful showing was his first since dropping the heavyweight title to Junior dos Santos last November. Now, it appears that the former champion did enough against Silva to secure himself a rematch with Dos Santos, who himself was successful against Frank Mir at the same event.
“Yeah, that’s what’s next,” said UFC President Dana White to Fuel TV after the show had ended. “Cain was the undefeated champion, and he gets another shot at Junior.”
Velasquez saw an opening right off the bat after Silva tried to land a kick. The former Arizona State University wrestling standout quickly took Silva to the ground and proceeded to pound him into a bloody mess. After the doctor checked the cut, the two were brought back to the canvas and Velasquez went right back to work.
“Right away he threw the kick and I rushed him,” said Velasquez in a separate interview with Fuel TV.
A date for the Dos Santos-Velasquez rematch is unknown. White refused to speculate on the contest possibly taking place inside a stadium.
Check out highlights from Velasquez’s win over Silva below:
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