While the loudest cheers no doubt came from Fabricio Werdum's corner, the new UFC heavyweight champion's extended entourage weren't the only interested parties watching his fight with longtime champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 closely.
Sitting ringside was Junior dos Santos, until now Velasquez's greatest rival. And the Brazilian slugger was no doubt smiling from ear to ear when Werdum choked the champion out in the third round.
To most dos Santos is, at worst, the third-best heavyweight in the world. He's beaten six of the big boys in the UFC's top-15 rankings, most in spectacular fashion. In a perfect world, he'd have been the perfunctory top contender, just waiting word of the winner so he could properly prepare his training camp.
The problem, simply put, was Velasquez. The two men had already met three times in the Octagon. After dos Santos' stunning knockout victory in the very first UFC fight broadcast on network television, Velasquez quickly went about setting the record straight. In the last two, Cain starched dos Santos in dominant performances, the kind of savage beatings that are hard to forget.