Saturday night was a historic night for the UFC, the fans of UFC, the fans of MMA, but more importantly for Junior Dos Santos. With his quick dispatch of the previously undefeated Cain Velasquez, “Cigano” put himself on top of the heavyweight mountain.
Junior dos Santos showed us that his power and boxing prowess may be too much for the whole division to handle. Cain Velasquez admittedly stated that he strayed away from his fight plan and from the result it appears that Junior made him pay for that mistake quickly and definitively. You just can’t stand and bang with this guy.
Junior also exhibited the power that got him to the top and made him one of the most exciting heavyweights to watch. There were murmurs circling about his power after the Roy Nelson fight as well as the Shane Carwin fight. But he put all those rumors to rest as soon as he put Cain to rest.
Another thing that JDS showed was his professionalism and respect for his opponent. JDS was complimentary and gracious throughout the media blitz before, and still the same once he got the belt. The UFC chose great representatives to make the inaugural network debut.
The one thing we didn’t see was how Junior dos Santos does when he’s on his back. That’s one of MMA’s greatest mysteries. Most thought that Cain would be able to secure a takedown at some point and the world would see his ground game, but we never even got that far.
At UFC 141 Cigano will find out his next opponent and start preparations to defend his belt. No matter who wins the fight between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, JDS will just dare them to either shoot for a takedown or stand and get the lights turned off on them.
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