New Trick: Ground Game
It's no secret that Junior dos Santos is quickly becoming the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet.
He's undefeated in the UFC at 9-0 and has beaten every relevant heavyweight in existence except Alistair Overeem.
What makes "Cigano" even more special is the fact that his success is completely oriented with his world-class boxing. It's a skill that only a few MMA fighters can master, let alone defend a UFC title while doing so.
From the outside it seems as if dos Santos is untouchable. It seems as if his crisp striking and precise punches could stop any heavyweight in his tracks.
On the contrary.
While the champ does possess a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira, his submission game hasn't been put to use, despite submitting Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 103.
Now while that's directly a product of him wanting to utilize his elite boxing skills, it still raises the question of whether or not he can survive off his back.
The fact is that dos Santos has only secured three total takedowns in his career, suggesting that he could be in trouble if a fighter ever takes him to the canvas and throws leather in his face.
Cain Velasquez is exactly that type of fighter.
It will be interesting to see how Velasquez attacks dos Santos in their rematch, but if the Brazilian doesn't pull a new trick out of his bag, his title reign could be over.
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