Luiz Dorea, the head trainer for UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, doesn’t believe Cain Velasquez is prepared to face “Cigano” a second time. The two heavyweights are currently set to compete in the main event UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II in December.
Dos Santos dropped Velasquez late in 2011, scoring a first round victory over the champion at the time and securing the belt. Dorea explained to Sherdog.com recently that it’s too early for a second meeting.
“Cain is a great athlete, no doubt, but he made a mistake by asking for this rematch so soon,” Dorea said. “Even though he is coming off a victory (over Antonio Silva), he was knocked out (by dos Santos). He’ll have to risk closing the distance against ‘Cigano,’ who is even better trained than that first fight. I think he made a huge mistake.”
Dos Santos successfully defended his title earlier this year over Frank Mir on the same night as the Velasquez-Silva contest.