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It nearly happened in their rematch, but on account of Junior dos Santos' samurai-like heart, the Brazilian narrowly escaped his first career knockout loss against Cain Velasquez at UFC 155.
Thirteen-and-a-half months after getting KO'd by "Cigano" in just 64 seconds at UFC on Fox 1, Velasquez avenged his only career setback with a dominating unanimous decision win at UFC 155 in December.
Velasquez dropped Cigano in the first round and nearly TKO'd the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with flurry of punches from the top position.
He had to dig deep, but Dos Santos conjured up the muster to miraculously survive the first round and the ensuing four stanzas.
Velasquez outstruck Cigano 210-66, including 111-57 in the significant strikes category.
Both fighters are coming off convincing wins and both Velasquez and Dos Santos are brimming with confidence.
But truth be told, no matter how much confidence Cigano has built, the former champ will probably only get his belt back if he can notch a KO similar to the one he scored at UFC on Fox 1.
After all, if he has to go five rounds with Velasquez, that means he has to respect the former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler's takedown chops from bell to bell. And everyone saw what happened in the rematch when Cigano tried to strike with Velasquez with the perpetual threat of a takedown hindering him.
This time, Velasquez will finish the job and force a TKO stoppage of his heavyweight nemesis.