New UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos could be in for a long feud. Saturday night, Velasquez took back the UFC title that he surrendered to dos Santos in 2011, earning a decision victory over him at UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II.
Back in 2011, dos Santos dropped Velasquez in the first round, securing his first UFC crown. Velasquez regrouped, and dominated “Cigano” for 25 minutes in scoring a convincing victory.
“Definitely,” said Velasquez, when asked if he would be willing to face dos Santos a third time, on the Fuel TV post-fight show. “That was a tough fight.”
Velasquez controlled the action after nearly finishing dos Santos in the first. He took him down at will, and avoided any significant damage from the Brazilian, bruising up his face in the process.
While a possible third bout could be down the road, Velasquez will likely face the winner of February’s Alistair Overeem-Antonio Silva contest first.
“Whoever wins that fight, I have to step up,” Velasquez said. “That’s what it comes down to.”