There were some questions as to how a healthy Cain Velasquez would handle Junior dos Santos after he suffered such a devastating defeat in their first meeting at UFC on Fox in November 2011. Velasquez was injured with a torn ACL and ceded the the UFC Heavyweight Championship in just over a minute on the UFC's first foray into network television.
Velasquez answered all questions with an absolutely dominant performance at UFC 155 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, though. He pressured the champion early on, constantly shooting for takedowns. A huge punch took Dos Santos off his game and he was never able to recover.
The bout went the full 25 minutes, with both fighters exhausted by the time the final horn sounded.
The judges scored it all in favor of Velasquez, who said in his post-fight speech that the heavyweight title was a Christmas present to his wife.
As for Dos Santos, he remained humble in defeat and let the champion know that they have unfinished business, ensuring that the two will meet again in the future in what will hopefully be a decisive third bout.
Below is a taste of the play-by-play from our live blog for the first round:
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
Round 1: Velasquez out early and he grabs a leg and gets Junior down to the ground. Junior is right back to his feet and Cain shoots wildly again. Velasquez reaches for punches and Junior connects with a right hand. Jab connects for Velasquez. Another right hand from Junior as Velasquez shoots another takedown. Velasquez is really looking to get the fight to the mat. Junior wildly throws an uppercut but misses. Cain with another takedown attempt. Junior lands a nice jab. And another. Cain with a jab and another. Cain is really looking for that takedown but he fails again. Velasquez with a knee to the body. Cut on the hairline of Velasquez. They clinch and Velasquez is landing punches to the body. Junior gets distance and backs away. Junior looks to have faded early. Punches to the body from Velasquez. Cain clips Junior and he's swarming with punches to the head. This is a dominating performance from Velasquez. Dos Santos is covering up and gets back to his feet. Cain with a takedown and Junior gives up his back. Velasquez is wrecking him. Junior has nothing let in the tank after five minutes. Absolutely insane. 10-9 Cain Velasquez.
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