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Junior dos Santos Victorious at UFC 160
Following his demoralizing loss at UFC 155, dos Santos adamantly stated his intentions of reclaiming the title. He said: “Cain Velasquez, like you said, ‘I’m gonna come back, and I’m gonna take my belt again.’”
However, regaining the title may be a daunting task for the former heavyweight champion. Dos Santos’ illness may have contributed to his demise at UFC 155. Conversely, the Brazilian has built a career off his one-dimensional style of fighting. He has consistently bullied his opponents with his size and superior boxing. Cigano sports a 75 percent knockout rate and has beaten MMA veterans and former champions alike.
At the same time, although he fell victim to dos Santos' power in just 64 seconds during their first meeting, Velasquez proved that a technical, methodical and versatile game plan could conquer high-level boxing and immense power.
Nevertheless, despite the one-dimensionalness of his fight game, dos Santos’ conviction regarding his taking of the title on October 19 remains intact. In his interview with Yahoo! Sports, dos Santos continued:
I didn't lose because he's a better fighter than me,…
I just truly believe that I am the guy who is going to win this fight, and I can't wait until Dana White puts that belt around my waist on Saturday.
At UFC 166, dos Santos plans on ending the rivalry between he and Velasquez with a win that would cement his standing among the heavyweight division. Without doubt, Velasquez/dos Santos III will address many unanswered questions and serve as one of the greatest trilogies in all of mixed martial arts.