UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez sees Saturday as the end of a long rivalry with Junior dos Santos.
The two will meet for a third time at UFC 166 with the belt on the line. Both fighters hold a win over the other, with the title switching hands on each occasion.
“It’s just the way it turned out,” said Velasquez, during a recent press conference. “He won the first one, I won the second one; we needed a third one to settle the score.”
Velasquez added that he felt another meeting with dos Santos was coming soon after he defeated him because “we are two of the toughest guys in the division.”
After picking dos Santos apart for 25 minutes, Velasquez reclaimed his title. He lost it to “Cigano” via first round knockout in the debut of the UFC on FOX.
“I’m excited for this match up,” he said. “There is a lot riding on this fight. He is one of the best and toughest, and that gets you excited to train.”