UFC 166 features a number of great fights, but the main event features with out a doubt the top two heavyweight fighters in the world of MMA. In the main event of UFC 166, Cain Velasquez will defend the UFC heavyweight title against former champion Junior dos Santos. This fight will complete a trilogy of fights that will have all been contested for the UFC heavyweight championship.
In the first meeting between dos Santos and Velasquez, it was dos Santos who took the title from Velasquez in just 64 seconds with a knockout victory. The second bout saw Velasquez regain the title in dominant fashion with a five round decision that had one judge calling it a 50-43 victory.
Junior dos Santos steps into the cage following a big win over Mark Hunt. Dos Santos holds a record of 16-2 overall and a 10-1 record in the UFC. Dos Santos has finished 13 of his 16 victories and 11 of those stoppages came in the first round.
Dos Santos is one of the best boxers in the heavyweight division and could be one of the best boxers in all of MMA. He is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu however, he has rarely been in a position to use it with the exception of his loss to Velasquez. Dos Santos has solid takedown defense and does a good job of getting back up when he does gets taken down.
With that being said, none of those skills seemed to work against Velasquez in their most recent fight.
UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is 12-1 overall with a UFC record of 10-1. Velasquez is on a three fight winning streak that features a win over dos Santos. Velasquez has won 10 fights by TKO or KO with 8 ending in the first round.
Velasquez is a dominant wrestler with everlasting cardio. The guy just does not get tired. His boxing improves every time we see him and the numbers show he has finishing power. Velasquez is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and has NCAA Division I wrestling experience.
Velasquez is dangerous on his feet but even more dangerous when he smothers opponents on the ground or against the cage.
It is hard to see dos Santos doing any better than he did in the second fight. Velasquez pressed his cardio and beat him up. In order for dos Santos to be successful he will have to stop the takedown and stay away from the cage. He will have to force Velasquez to box with him and wait for openings. The bottom line is that dos Santos will have to stop Velsquez to win this fight. Dos Santos has to find a way to fight less of a one dimensional fight or knock Velasquez out, plain and simple.
Velasquez has the power to stop dos Santos and the wrestling to control the fight on the ground and against the cage. Look for Velasquez to use the same strategy he used in the second fight. Velasquez will force dos Santos to defend the takedown and press him against the cage.
Expect Velasquez to have another dominant outing against a top tier fighter like Junior dos Santos. Velasquez will get the job done this time and stop dos Santos by the fourth round.
UFC 166: Velasquez vs dos Santos begins at 5:00 p.m. with preliminary fights on the UFC Facebook page then moves to Fox Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. for the second set of prelims. The main card air live on pay per view at 9:00 pm.m central time. Live play-by-play can be found right here on Examiner.com.