Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
MMA is very much a “what have you done for me lately?” business. The rise and fall and rise of Cain Velasquez is a serious, and for Junior dos Santos, very painful reminder of that.
On his way to the top of the sport, Velasquez outright couldn’t find opponents willing to fight him. He joined the UFC with only a couple of fights to his name and before long was a 10-0 heavyweight champion. A year later he was an also-ran, a never-was that people were writing off after a single loss that happened on one good leg.
Fast forward another year and he’s the best in the world again after utterly destroying dos Santos and regaining his title. To put it mildly, when he’s on, there is no one in the world capable of such a high level of violence, both in terms of work rate and sheer damage inflicted.
It’s been said before, but Cain Velasquez is the best in the world and he might be for a long, long, time.