Junior Dos Santos only needed 64 seconds to knock out Cain Velasquez and earn the UFC heavyweight belt at UFC on FOX the last time these two fighters met. This time around, Velasquez earned his revenge and reclaimed the title in a grueling match that went the distance. Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole tweeted out the results:
Cain wins 50-45, 50-44, 50-43— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) December 30, 2012
Dos Santos' victory over Velasquez was certainly an upset. Velasquez came into the bout on a nine-fight winning streak and was considered one of the brightest fighters in the UFC. While that ended in 64 seconds, it was later revealed that he had an ACL injury at the time of the fight.
Perhaps a fully healthy Velasquez would have won the first time. Who knows? But this time, he most certainly got the job done.
A third fight between these two undoubtedly will become one of the most anticipated bouts the UFC has in its back pocket.
Dos Santos is not to be so easily disregarded, remember. He came into this fight on a 10-match winning streak himself, and is now 15-2 in his career.
With Dos Santos' boxing skills, he's always a threat in any fight, against any opponent. And given his ascension up the UFC ranks and his shocking first knockout against Velasquez, there's not question a third fight between the two will sell.
For Velasquez, it would be best that he not get too comfortable with the heavyweight title he know holds for a second time. He'll be the favorite against anyone else at this point, but we've already seen he can get caught.
If he wants to be the title-holder for more than one fight this time around, he'll stay hungry and focused. Oh, and healthy too—methinks that hurt him more than we knew the first time around.
One way or another, this trilogy is one of the best UFC has to offer. As fans, you can't ask for much more than that.