UFC on FOX: 5 Keys to Defeating Junior Dos Santos

Brandon ChillingworthCorrespondent IINovember 13, 2011

UFC on FOX: 5 Keys to Defeating Junior Dos Santos

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    At UFC on Fox, Junior Dos Santos laid waste to Cain Velasquez quickly, and won the UFC heavyweight championship. He put together a flawless performance that concluded with a big overhand right and some ground and pound.

    Dos Santos is now the man in the heavyweight division, and people will begin to speculate the level of dominance that he will be able to achieve.

    The winner of Brock Lesnar vs Alistair Overeem will be next in line to take on the newly crowned champion.

    The heavyweight division is in for another string of exciting title fights. The next fighter to face Dos Santos will have to stick to a strict gameplan if they want to obtain UFC gold.

Dictate the Pace of the Fight

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    Junior Dos Santos is one of the most vicious strikers that the UFC heavyweight division has ever seen. His boxing is top notch, and he can knock anyone out with one punch.

    Cain let Dos Santos fight his fight and dictate where the it went.

    It's important that whoever fights Junior controls where the fight goes and who gets off first. Keeping Dos Santos off-balance is a must. Letting him set in and pick his shots is a disaster waiting to happen.

Throw Leg Kicks

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    The one thing that Cain Velasquez was able to do well was land leg kicks. They were causing visible damage, and would have done a lot more if the fight continued into the later rounds.

    Footwork is one of the more pivotal aspects of why Dos Santos is such a good boxer and knockout puncher. Cutting down his legs with kicks will make standing and striking a lot easier.

Avoid the Power in the First Round

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    As Dos Santos tires, his punches will become slower and less powerful. It's extremely important to do anything possible to avoid his power.

    Starting slow and making Dos Santos reach in the first round is a good way to get rid of some of that power.

Take the Fight to the Ground

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    We haven't seen much of Dos Santos on the ground, mainly because his takedown defense has been so stellar. Beating Dos Santos on the ground seems like the best strategy at this point.

    If the fight can get to the ground, it will diminish the striking ability of Dos Santos. Firstly, it will exhaust him to have to get back up every time. Junior will also have to worry about the takedown if someone can get him down consistently, which will make him more hesitant to rush in with strikes.


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    Wearing Dos Santos down is a priority. Putting him up against the cage is a great way to do that. If you can wear him down with takedowns and dirty boxing against the cage, Junior's strengths will be greatly negated.