UFC 166: Cain Velasquez Batters Junior Dos Santos To Retain Heavyweight Belt

By Jeremy Green
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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 166 kicked off tonight, which featured a heavyweight championship bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos. Both heavyweights were looking to prove once and for all who the better fighter was. Velasquez was eager to prove that their second outing wasn’t a fluke, and this turned out to be true.

For every round, Velasquez was able to grind on JDS, who was unable to deal with Velasquez’s pressure. Time after time, Velasquez was able to pressure JDS up against the cage, beating him down with shots. Every now and then JDS would throw some good elbows, but it was not enough to beat Cain. Cain would finish JDS off in the fifth, retaining his heavyweight title.

This was an excellent trilogy fight, and Velasquez implemented the same strategy he took in the second fight. JDS came into this fight completely healthy, as did Cain, but Cain’s pressure was what won the fight. Velasquez proved tonight why he’s considered the best heavyweight on the planet.

For JDS, he will have to go back to the drawing board and get some wins under his belt before he can challenge for the title again. He has some of the most powerful punches in the division; so don’t be surprised if he can work his way back up the heavyweight ladder. For Cain, he showcased his elite skills, namely his cardio and forward pressure, and he is a force to be reckoned with and can only get better with time. Congrats to Cain Velasquez.

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