When defending UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos defends his title against Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 this Saturday, it will be an absolute slug fest in the main event.
With one previous fight between these veterans in November of 2011 ending in a quick first-round knockout victory for Dos Santos—allowing him to capture the title—Velasquez will be looking for redemption.
There is so much on the line in the pay-per-view that even the most causal MMA fans won’t want to miss a second of the awesome heavyweight action.
When: Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Watch: PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET through your local provider. FX and Facebook preliminary fights starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Key to Victory for Junior Dos Santos
While many fans know Junior Dos Santos as a stand-up specialist, he will have to be on top of his game when it comes to the takedown ability of Cain Velasquez.
With the former champion understanding how dangerous Dos Santos’ hands really are, his plan of attack in their second bout is bound to be different. The current champ will understand the change in philosophy and must be ready for it.
After spending the first round defending against Velasquez’s takedowns, Dos Santos will catch him and force the bulkier fighter to retreat. Once Dos Santos has his opponent on his heels, it’s just a matter of time before a knockout.
Key to Victory for Cain Velasquez
After losing the last fight against Dos Santos because he underestimated the Brazilian’s striking, Velasquez needs to reformulate his game plan and attack where he is most susceptible: the ground.
While it will be much easier said than done, Velasquez needs to take Dos Santos to the mat early and often and utilize his superior ground-and-pound techniques.
With more strength than the taller Dos Santos, Velasquez has the clear advantage in takedowns and is at his most dangerous while both men are on the mat.
Prediction: Junior Dos Santos Via Second-Round TKO
Despite the pure strength and wrestling ability of Velasquez, there is no doubt the defending champion will retain his heavyweight title in spectacular fashion Saturday night.
Just like almost every other heavyweight fight in MMA history, this will be classified as a slugfest with a KO or TKO the only real options for an ending between these veteran fighters.
The start of the fight will be a feeling out process, but Dos Santos will spend the majority of the first round defending takedown attempts. After catching Velasquez in the late-first round, the defending champion will finish the job in the second round via referee stoppage.