Yes, if these two were to fight right now, one would clearly separate himself from top dog status while leaving the other in the gutter, but not for long.
Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos have now set themselves on a collision course for the soon to be open shot at the UFC Heavyweight championship, and while it may not be these two that square off for the shot at the title, after watching "Cigano" slap Gabriel Gonzaga around, I am now confused more than ever about who would win.
Velasquez clearly has the wrestling advantage, Dos Santos clearly has the brutal knockout boxing skills, and the rest seems to be a coin toss.
Velasquez has regularly shown to have taken fights further into the later rounds, but Dos Santos doesn't feel the need or hasn't yet met someone qualified to make him work that hard.
While Velasquez was everyone's poster boy two weeks ago, after watching Junior's stand-up and very similar springboard-type muscle reaction to trouble, I am at a standstill right now.
In camps, the edge has to go to Dos Santos. Black House has become the premier training camp for the fact that it is run by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Long past his prime in the cage, Nogueira is now set to become the Don of training fighters for championship runs and belts galore, something that he seems destined to for, training athletes with far better potential than he ever had to compete at the level he just was not physically equipped to handle.
If this fantasy fight were to take place, I am not sure who would come out the victor, but it would not settle anything in the long run. I don't think these two are looking that far ahead, though; they seem to be hungry now. Fantasy fight might be an overstatement too—I can easily see these two meeting a couple of times down the road.
Would Velasquez get him down early and apply the pressure, or would Dos Santos use his pinpoint boxing to keep Cain at bay long enough to knock him out cold? Junior does have an axe to grind with the "Mexicutioner," for his camp just may be the tightest knit group of fighters in all of MMA, and Velasquez's destruction of Big Nog does not sit well with anyone from Black House.
I do not know if the UFC and Joe Silva are ready to match these two up yet, seeing that Junior is a little behind in quality wins. Let me rephrase that: Dos Santos is just behind Velasquez in the chances for quality of wins, seeing that Velasquez has beat him to the punch on the circuit.
But don't take this for granted. These two could co-main event any card. Hell, they could sell a card themselves. I am not sure that the UFC is ready for this though.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!