Obviously it’s no secret Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos have squared off against each other twice before. In each instance, the man who held divisional gold ended up losing. Velasquez will attempt to break the pattern by turning in a performance similar to their most recent meeting rather than their initial encounter in which Dos Santos turned his lights out less than 90 seconds into the scrap. Of course, Dos Santos undoubtedly learned a few lessons from the one-sided drumming he dealt with last December, and his knockout power is arguably the best there is at heavyweight. It’s an excellent match-up in so many ways, albeit one sure to play out at least 1-2 more times before each ultimately hangs his gloves up and calls it a career.
When fighters take to the cage tonight in Houston for UFC 166 the ensuing action can be summed up as simply as stating apt athletes will battle it out inside the Octagon until winners emerge. However, most match-ups have a lot more going on than just the actual clash of competitors. Rather, scraps often involve storylines unrelated to the physical display playing out in front of fans and such is certainly the case with a few of the efforts attached to this evening’s event.
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