Cain Velasquez earned his unanimous decision against Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 Saturday night in Las Vegas to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship for the second time.
It was a largely mundane main event. Velasquez won, with the three judges scoring it 50-45, 50-43 and 50-44.
Both fighters looked very tired about midway through the fight. Velasquez dominated the entirety of the bout, landing some huge blows to dos Santos. The early rounds were where Velasquez really asserted himself, and that dominance staved off a sense of drama.
The second round in particular was unkind to the Brazilian. He was on the receiving end of a great combination from Velasquez. After that, the fight was pretty much over.
Much of latter parts of the fight involved the two grappling together, with Velasquez dictating the pace.
When the fourth and fifth rounds came, the way the judges would side was pretty obvious.
With the decision, Velasquez was able to avenge his only defeat. Dos Santos won the first matchup between the two with a first-round knockout at UFC on Fox in November 2011.
Dos Santos has relied on knockouts throughout his career. The problem with that strategy is when that doesn't work, the fighter is at a serious disadvantage.
He wasn't able to connect with a huge punch in the early rounds, and as the fight went on, JDS was completely gassed.
He buried himself into such a hole that almost nothing short of a knockout was going to get him out. While he has the ability to hit a punch like that on most occasions, Dos Santos lacked that ability deep into the fight.
A rematch between the two seems appropriate.
They have fought each other twice, with differing results. You could argue that with the way that Velasquez dominated the fight, a third fight would likely end the same way. However, it's only fair to see if Dos Santos can possibly get the better of Velasquez again.
If there is to be another fight between the two, there should be some other opponents for each fighter.
With his return from suspension, Alistair Overeem deserves a shot should he beat Antonio Silva at UFC 156. Dos Santos also needs to pick up a win to prove that he's a worthy candidate.
Velasquez has to be very satisfied with his performance at UFC 155. It's just a matter now of how long he'll be able to hold on to the title.
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