Following last night’s UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, UFC president Dana White made much of the fact that Velasquez seemed to have followed a faulty gameplan, while leaving little said of the efficiency with which dos Santos carried out his own. The 27-year-old Brazilian challenger ended Cain Velasquez’s title run with a brutally-thrown overhand right a little over a minute into the first round; the gregarious young fighter was overjoyed in victory for having plied his trade so well.
“He’s very happy with the result,” said dos Santos’ translator at the post-fight presser. “Going into the fight he was a little bit concerned to be going five rounds with Cain because his cardio is so good. But he feels that he implemented his plan well. He’s happy to be the first person to beat Cain Velasquez and he feels great.”
In his own words, dos Santos broke down his simple gameplan: keep upright and knock Velasquez out.
“My gameplan was to keep the fight standing because I love to fight standing. I’m really confident in that area,” said dos Santos. “I was waiting for kicks – he’s got pretty heavy kicks. In all of my fights, I look for the knockout. My coach used to tell me I got pretty heavy hands, so I try to use them at the start of the fight because that’s a good time to use my power, ’cause I’m one hundred percent in that moment. It’s good to use my power and that worked today.”
Dos Santos now sits on the sidelines to await the victor of next month’s Brock Lesnar-Alistair Overeem fight, as he’ll be making his first title defense against that man.
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos went down last night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. For results and a full recap of the event, click here.