Dos Santos is a solid #2 in the division but it’s clear he can’t beat Velasquez unless it involves a singular, spectacular strike. The heavyweight champion picked JDS apart for the second straight time, leaving the Brazilian’s face a bloody mess by bout’s end. “Cigano” should bounce back nicely as he did after the first stumble to Velasquez, taking out his frustration on some unlucky individual. However, he’ll need to wait awhile for a satisfactory foe to become available. If Alistair Overeem beats Frank Mir in February the UFC should finally match Dos Santos with “The Demolition Man” and satisfy the rivalry that developed when the former held gold and the latter was a top contender. Josh Barnett and Travis Browne are also set for a showdown, albeit in late December, and each would also make for an interesting challenge.
Based on the number of knockouts and the amount of blood shed there were obviously some serious losers last weekend when it came to the lineup for UFC 166. Though the show was highly memorable for fans, it should ultimately stand out for a couple of fighters as well whose heads are now on the chopping block as a result of their in-ring stumbles. That being said, a few of the less fortunate competitors are sure to be back in the Octagon come 2014 and ready to show their recent stumbles were simply speed-bumps rather than indicative of their future prospects. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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