The first time UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez locked horns with Junior dos Santos it seemed a given the NCAA wrestling stand-out would try to put the Brazilian striker on his backside as soon as possible. However, Velasquez never got much of a chance to execute any sort of gameplan, eating a perfectly-placed, powerful shot a minute into the match-up ultimately resulting in a strike-based stoppage.
With a rematch scheduled for this weekend at UFC 155, Dos Santos has prepared himself for the likelihood of things lasting a bit longer, as well as the threat of Velasquez’s takedowns given the additional time to work with…
“I expect the best of Cain Velasquez. That’s what I want for my career – to fight against the best. I am sure Cain will come hungrier to fight this time. He is going to want to make the fight last longer. I am sure it will be a great fight.”
“Velasquez went in with a very good strategy (against Antonio Silva), using what he does best, his wrestling and his ground and pound. He was very successful with that strategy and I think he will try something similar against me but I won’t allow that. I want to keep this fight standing and look for another knockout.”
Check out the complete interview with Dos Santos below:
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