There haven’t been many more-anticipated meetings at heavyweight than Dos Santos’ first duel with Cain Velasquez. The bout pitted the #1/#2 fighters from the division against one another with the added excitement of occurring on free television thanks to the UFC’s new deal with FOX. A lot of build ultimately turned out to produce a short scrap, as Dos Santos landed a looping right and put Velasquez away less than a minute into the match-up. Dos Santos would go on to defend his belt a single time, beating Frank Mir, before handing the belt back over to Velasquez in their rematch. If the gold will once again find a new home in their third tilt remains to be seen.
UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos has faced a murderers’ row since making his Octagon debut in 2008 but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his 10-1 mark under the organization’s banner. Along the way “Cigano” has established himself as one of the top big men in Mixed Martial Arts thanks to his powerful, precise striking, as well as laid claim to divisional gold as he’ll hope to do again next weekend in Houston when he collides with champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 166 to complete a trilogy between the two talented competitors. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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