Junior dos Santos (15-1) has plenty of confidence when he steps into the Octagon for his rematch against Cain Velasquez (10-1), he just doesn’t expect this one to end as quick. The two met at UFC on FOX 1 in November 2011 where Santos defeated Velasquez for the heavyweight championship in 74 seconds after knocking him to the ground early with a right hand.
“This time, as Cain himself said, he wants the fight to be longer,” said Santos to TATAME. “I will be 100 percent to defend the belt. Fighting is fighting; you never know how it will be.”
Since the two met, they have each had one fight where success was found. Santos was able to make his first title defense against former champion Frank Mir (16-6). He defeated him at UFC 146 via TKO in round two. Velasquez defeated Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (17-4) in his UFC debut. This win also came at UFC 146, where the former champion took Silva off his feet early and busted him open above the eyebrow.
Santos doesn’t plan to let Velasquez’s wrestling ability dictate the fight.
“He is an excellent wrestler and I think he’ll want to take to the floor,” said Santos. “He will try to do to me what he did to Silva, but I’m not afraid.”
Junior Dos Santos Sees Cain Velasquez Rematch Going More Than 74 Seconds