UFC 131

UFC 131 Results: 4 Questions Heading into Dos Santos vs. Velasquez

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJune 13, 2011

UFC 131 Results: 4 Questions Heading into Dos Santos vs. Velasquez

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    UFC 131 is in the books, and we now know who Cain Velasquez will defend his title against when he returns; Junior Dos Santos.

    Velasquez and dos Santos were originally suppose to meet for the title after Velasquez won the title from Brock Lesnar.

    Thanks to a shoulder injury Velasquez was forced on the shelf and dos Santos made the dangerous decision to take on another fight instead of waiting for his title shot.

    It has all paid off for dos Santos as he dominated Shane Carwin with on his way to a title shot. 

Slide 1: How will the long layoff affect Cain Velasquez?

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    LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC fighter Cain Velasquez, left, and his fiance' Michelle Borquez arrive at UFC, Famous Stars and Straps and New Era's 'The Magic Party' at XS the nightclub on February 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Get
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    It is no secret that many fighters suffer their first fight back from a long layoff. 

    If Velasquez is able to get back in the cage by October, it will have been a year since he last fought.

    If Velasquez can overcome ring rust, he stands a good chance against dos Santos. 

Slide 2: Who will have the better stand up?

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    DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  UFC fighter Junior Dos Santos (R) battles UFC fighter Mirko Cro Cop (L) during their Heavyweight bout at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort at the American Airlines Center on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/
    Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

    Both dos Santos and Velasquez are known for their great stand up.

    Dos Santos is more of a technical boxer while Velasquez mixes it up with punches and kicks.

    The winner in the stand up department will have the better outcome in the fight.

Will Cain try to use his wrestling abilities?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  UFC fighter Cain Velasquez (top) battles with UFC fighter Ben Rothwell (bottom) during their Heavyweight bout at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun at Staples Center on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jon Ko
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    At UFC 131 we saw dos Santos have great takedown defense as well as get some takedowns of his own.

    Velasquez may be smaller than Carwin, but he is a lot quicker and has much better wrestling.

    Taking it to the ground might not be a bad idea for Velasquez, especially if he loses in the stand up game.

Will this be the best heavyweight fight ever?

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    Velasquez and dos Santos are both two of the most dominant fighters in MMA today.

    Both men have memorable knock out victories and both are under the age of 30.

    Whether this fight goes five rounds or ends in the first, this has the potential to be the greatest heavyweight bout in MMA history.

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