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UFC 155: Cain Velasquez dominates Junior Dos Santos to regain title

December 29, 2012|By Todd Martin

UFC Heavyweight Title: Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez

Dos Santos, the UFC champion, is undefeated at 9-0 in the UFC and finished 7 of those 9 opponents. He relies on his excellent boxing and a ground game refined with his legendary mentor Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. He also has a reputation as one of the nicest people in the sport, a beloved figure in his native country of Brazil. Velasquez's only MMA loss came to Dos Santos and he has been pegged as a future champion from his start in the sport. He mixes excellent wrestling, solid striking and perhaps the best cardio of any heavyweight in the sport. Dos Santos knocked out in 64 seconds a year ago and Velasquez is gunning for revenge.

Round 1. Velasquez presses forward at the start. He fires in a few punches and then takes Dos Santos down. Dos Santos stands right back up. Velasquez then dives in wildly for another takedown attempt that doesn't come close. Velasquez throws a few punches and gets caught with a counter. Velasquez charges in for another takedown but it is again defended. Velasquez lands a straight right punch but Dos Santos easily avoids another takedown attempt. Dos Santos catches Velasquez with a few jabs as Velasquez comes in. Velasquez lands a body kick but Dos Santos brushes off another takedown attempt with ease. Velasquez grabs a clinch and lands a knee to the body. Dos Santos lands a nice counter hook and there is a minor cut on Velasquez. Velasquez drops Dos Santos with a heavy overhand right punch and looks to finish him with punches on the ground. Dos Santos is just covering up but Velasquez isn't landing particularly strong punches. Dos Santos finally stands back up but Velasquez pulls him back down. Velasquez opens up with punches on the ground and fires in punches as the round concludes. 10-8 Velasquez. Dos Santos staggers back to his corner. He's in a world of trouble.

Round 2. A confident Velasquez drops Dos Santos back with big straight punches. He then slams Dos Santos to the mat. Dos Santos gets up but Velasquez slams him right back down. Dos Santos stands up again and they clinch against the cage. Velasquez grabs a single leg and throws Dos Santos back down. Dos Santos gets back up and eats a pair of punches right to the chin. Velasquez takes Dos Santos back down. Velasquez grabs an armbar and looks to finish with the submission. Dos Santos gets out and returns to his feet. They trade against the cage as the round comes to a close. 10-8 Velasquez.

Round 3. Dos Santos lands a nice uppercut as Velasquez moves in. He connects with a nice hook moments later. Velasquez ducks down and scores a takedown 30 seconds in. Velasquez has 165 landed strikes just through the first two rounds. Dos Santos does get back up. They exchange up against the cage. Velasquez lands big punches to the body and keeps walking down Dos Santos. He won't allow Dos Santos any distance to land the punches that Dos Santos is most comfortable using. Dos Santos is showing great heart hanging in there and trying to counter as much as he can. Velasquez finally looks a little tired after pushing the pace so much. He backs away and eats a nice Dos Santos uppercut. 10-9 Velasquez.

Round 4. Velasquez immediately presses forward and clinches. He takes Dos Santos down a minute in but Dos Santos once more returns to his feet. Dos Santos lands a punch and presses Velasquez against the cage. Dos Santos looks for a takedown. Velasquez avoids that. He grabs a leg and takes Dos Santos back down. Dos Santos gets up but eats a heavy punch to the body and uppercut. Dos Santos walks away as if he isn't interested in fighting but then throws a tricky elbow as Velasquez moves in. Velasquez clinches and they work against the cage. 10-9 Velasquez.

Round 5. Velasquez walks Dos Santos down right from the start again. He grabs a leg and looks for a takedown but Dos Santos avoids it. Velasquez keeps looking for a takedown but Dos Santos nicely is able to stop it. He then throws a huge hook that misses Velasquez's chin. Velasquez keeps pressing forward and won't allow Dos Santos the opportunity to plant his feet and land the home run shot that he needs. Velasquez finally gets Dos Santos down to the ground halfway through the round. Dos Santos once again gets back up to his feet and battles in a clinch against the cage with Velasquez. Velasquez connects with a huge head kick with 30 seconds in the round. He presses Dos Santos back against the cage and goes back to work. He looks for one last takedown as the round concludes. 10-9 Velasquez, 50-43 Velasquez.

Winner: Cain Velasquez, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44).

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