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Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos expected to face Cain Velasquez at UFC 152

Fans in Toronto are likely destined to be treated to a title-fight when the UFC rolls through town on September 22 for UFC 152. According to UFC President Dana White, the organization is targeting the event for Junior dos Santos’ second championship defense where he’ll face former heavyweight king Cain Velasquez in headlining action.

White informed media of his plans after the post-event presser for UFC on FX 3. The show is already set to feature iconic veteran B.J. Penn’s return to the Octagon where he’ll face 22-year old Canadian prodigy Rory MacDonald.

The fight between Dos Santos-Velasquez marks a role reversal of their meeting in November where “Cigano” entered as contender and Velasquez as champion. Whether the result will be the same with Dos Santos exiting with the belt or follow previous form and see the challenger win via knockout remains to be seen.

Dos Santos holds an overall record of 15-1 with ten consecutive victories including nine inside the Octagon. During the run he’s dished out strike-based finishes of Velasquez, Stefan Struve, Mirko Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, and most recently Frank Mir.

By comparison, Velasquez is 10-1 with a TKO win over Antonio Silva in his only fight since falling to Dos Santos on FOX. He has had similar success when it comes to stopping opponents with nine to his credit such as those against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Brock Lesnar.

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4 COMMENTS
  • Niv says:

    Cain’s a worthy challenger, however I just don’t see a result any different than the last fight.

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  • Big Stank says:

    If Cain can put JDS on his back and keep him there, I’d like to see the kind of GnP he put on Silva. That being said I still think Dos Santos KOs him in the 3rd round.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    The result may be the same, but there will be a drastic difference in circumstances. This was Cain’s situation leading into the first JDS fight…

    1) Major shoulder surgery following the Brock fight, to repair a torn rotator cuff.

    2) More than a year layoff between the Brock fight and his next time in the cage against JDS.

    3) A knee injury that contributed to Cain weighing in 10 pounds heavier than usual (and highest weight of his fighting career), with Joe Rogan reporting that Cain received a cortisone shot leading up to the fight to try to mitigate the effects of the injury.

    Any one of those factors would have been tricky enough to deal with. Combine them all and it was just an incredibly difficult scenario to fight under. But that inaugural FOX event pretty much *had* to happen as scheduled, so both Cain & JDS sucked it up and put on a fight. I just wouldn’t necessarily expect things to play out the same the second time around. My prediction is Cain by TKO in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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  • MCM says:

    Don’t forget that JDS was also hurt before the first fight, a fact Cain supporters tend to ignore, so how much more dangerous is he gonna be when he’s NOT afraid to throw punches?

    And if you’re going to use the layoff as an excuse, then you must have absolutely now faith that GSP can retain his title as he’ll have been out for over 1 1/2 years.

    I’m sorry, but nothing in Cains arsenal has shown that he can take out JDS, and come Sept, he’s gonna wind up kissing canvas……again.

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