Leading up to his November 2011 title-defense against Junior dos Santos, then-champion Cain Velasquez was seen as an unbeatable force thanks to his undefeated status, overwhelming talent, and first-frame finishes against the likes of Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. However, in the end it was Dos Santos who walked away with the UFC belt after flattening Velasquez 64 seconds into the main event match-up.
Velasquez got back on track by pasting Antonio Silva in May and earned his shot at redemption, facing “Cigano” a second time when the two tussle on Saturday night in headlining action at UFC 155. The 30-year old Velasquez is hungry to hoist heavyweight gold above his head once again and is prepared to do whatever is necessary to obtain it.
“There’s something missing in my life. I got myself into this sport to be the best and I’m not there right now. And there’s one guy that I have to go through to be that,” explained Velasquez on the Countdown to UFC 155 special.
While the 10-1 Velasquez is only willing to predict his exact manner of victory, he made it clear he’s prepared to pound JDS out or take him out while standing if need be.
“You can expect for him to stand up again and then we’ve got a fight on our feet so we’ve gotta be ready to fight everywhere,” said Velasquez of the upcoming tilt.
Dos Santos has not been stopped since being submitted in his lone loss more than five years ago. Since then he has won ten straight scraps, providing a monumental challenge for Velasquez when things go down this weekend.
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