"I think this'll be the last [fight between us]. Obviously this is the one that settles is all," Velasquez said of his UFC 166 bout against Dos Santos. "Obviously you have to wait and see, but yeah, I think will be the end of it. I think with this being the third one, we're both one and one, this'll kind of settle the whole trilogy itself. That's it," he said matter-of-factly. "I think there'll be other opponents that need to be fought."
As for Dos Santos, he thinks he will be fighting Velasquez at least a couple times more because he knows the Mexican-American is a great warrior who stays close to the top of the rankings.
"I don't think it's going to be the last one. I just don't think so. I think we're going to fight each other again in the future," dos Santos said. "Sooner or later we're going to be fighting again because I think Cain Velasquez is a great opponent and a great fighter. He's going to try to keep himself in a good position all the time, as a champion or a good position in the ranks. The same with myself. So I think we're going to see each other again."
UFC 166 is set for Oct. 19 in Houston, Texas, as Velasquez and Dos Santos look to break a 1-1 tie in their trilogy fight.
Dos Santos says this third fight has nothing to do with the first two wars he had with Velasquez, since both men are better prepared this time around.
"This third fight is going to be completely different from the other fights," dos Santos promised. "Because now Cain Velasquez knows more about me. I know more about him, and we are more prepared to fight each other. That's where my motivation comes from. I want to fight with the best, and right now, I feel like I'm going to fight with the best. I want to beat this guy."
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