For the third time, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will meet inside the Octagon with the UFC heavyweight title being decided. Fedor Emelianenko, considered at one point the best heavyweight, gives the nod to Velasquez.
“If Velasquez is going to stick to his usual gameplan, he’s going to come out the winner,” said Emelianenko on WHOA! TV. “His biggest advantage is that he can transition, he can switch from one [style] to another. He’s a thinking fighter.”
The first encounter saw Santos connect with a right hand early to capture the belt. That took just over a minute. The rematch saw Velasquez pound on Santos for the full five rounds to recapture the title, leading to the upcoming trilogy match.
Emelianenko never joined the UFC, despite several attempts. Both parties blamed the other and Emelianenko retired in 2012 at 32-4. Almost all the defeats came towards the end of his career and occurred under the Strikeforce banner.
The heavyweights bang at Saturday’s UFC 166.