Cain Velasquez is set to take on Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship of the world. It will be both fighters second meeting with each other; the first fight ending in dramatic fashion when JDS scored the KO in the first round.
Apparently in their first meeting, Cain came into the fight injured. That’s accordingly to his American Kickboxing Academy trainer partner Jon Fitch. Fitch recently spoke with Tatame.com about Cain’s injury heading into the bout.
“I think that in the first fight, he did’t show everything he could do. He had a severe knee injury, and was limited by what he could do, but it was such an important fight so he couldn’t miss it. It was important for the company, for the fans and for the world. He continued, even knowing that he should not. He went against the advice of everyone on the team, and doctors, but pulling from the card was not an option at the time.”
This shouldn’t take anything away from the current champ Junior Dos Santos. He fought his fight and delivered a perfectly timed punch to the head of Velasquez. It is interesting to note that Cain had a knee injury, however. Maybe this is the reason why Cain was unable to secure a take down when he needed it the most.
Their second meeting could play out entirely different from the first, so long as Cain comes in completely healthy and without any injuries. Maybe he will be able to secure a take down with a healthy knee. JDS has rarely been on the ground in his UFC tenure, and it will definitely be a novel dynamic for him if this does indeed come to fruition.