NFL Players Chime in on UFC 155: Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
UFC 155 is very highly-anticipated event featuring a revenge fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez. These two fighters met in November of 2011 in a very quick fight that ended with Dos Santos knocking out Velasquez in just 64 seconds. Needless to say, Velasquez is out for revenge against the now defending heavyweight champion.
When asked about the rematch, Dos Santos was his usual confident, even arrogant self, blowing off the talk that Velasquez lost their first meeting due to injury. Dos Santos said he was also injured at the time of the fight, so the excuse for Velasquez isn’t valid. What do you expect from he heavyweight champ? He’s not going to give up any credit for his extremely quick knockout of Velasquez, but you can bet the fight won’t be nearly as easy for Dos Santos this time around.
Both fighters say they’re healthy this time, which means it will be very interesting to see what each has to say after the fight. Naturally, there’s really no way to find out if that’s true, but don’t be surprised if Velasquez gets his block knocked off again, just not as quickly as he did last time.
In the video above, you’ve got to love the enthusiasm of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (sarcasm), who seems to be about as excited for this fight as Velasquez should be. At least Charles realizes a good fighter when he sees one as he calls Velasquez “okay” and said Dos Santos is going to “bring the pain.” Definitely no career behind the mic for Charles, but he gets this one right.
At least Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has a reason to pick the underdog. Although he said it in a much more gangster way, he’s picking Velasquez because he thinks the 30-year-old former heavyweight champion is flying under the radar and on somewhat of a hot streak. Any NFL great will tell you that a hot team beats a great team any day of the week, so maybe he’s on to something.
San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay is actually excited about the fight and shows it in the video (apparently football players do have feelings). He’s also picking Velasquez because of the vengeance factor, which seems to be the entire theme of this fight. At least Garay actually shows some emotion. I was starting to worry about these guys.
Two of these three players may be drinking the Velasquez Kool-Aid, but the defending champ should always be favored unless of some extreme circumstances. Give me Dos Santos and the knockout, just not as quickly as last time.
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