New minted UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be defending his title in the near future.
The proud Mexican-American recently claimed the heavyweight strap when he defeated former champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 this past October in Anaheim, Cali. Velasquez battered the South Dakota native with stinging punches in bunches that eventually left Lesnar unable to properly defend himself, which called for the TKO stoppage in the waning moments of the first round.
Cain now has a new challenger on the wings in Junior dos Santos, and the two men could be meeting as soon as April, just in time to fight before a ruckus crowd in Toronto, Canada.
Junior has been anything short of awesome since his inception in the octagon in 2008. In his debut, dos Santos defeated the highly touted, current top-3 heavyweight star in Fabricio Werdum with a rousing first-round knockout victory. The upset-win set the tone for his next performances inside the cage, as he would go on to rattle off five wins in a row, all coming by some form of knockout. In his sixth fight inside the octagon, “Cigano” met with former IFL champion Roy Nelson, and though the Brazilian dropped him twice in the first round, he could not capitalize and eventually settled for a clean sweep-unanimous decision victory.
TATAME.com, a Brazilian media forum has kept tabs on their future title challenger through his boxing trainer Luis Carlos Dorea, who stated that no official word has come down from the UFC brass concerning a definitive date for their heavyweight tilt, however has relied on some rumors in order to speculate when it might all be going down.
“I’ve heard some speculations, people said maybe it’ll be at the end of April in Canada (Toronto), but nothing has come to us yet”, said Dorea. “We’re doing the basic work, the technical part, and now we’re only waiting to know when it will happen”.
Toronto has been a newly acquired market for the UFC, with the Canadian province having just embraced mixed martial arts as a sport that will be governed by the Ontario Athletic Commission. The UFC has been rumored for an April inception into Toronto, and if director of operations Tom Wright, who heads the Canadian forefront, has anything to do with it, he’d like to see a championship double header for April, which could include Junior and Velasquez in the equation.
“What I’m lobbying for, I’d like to see two championships, a UFC 100 type of card”, said Tom who spoke with MMAWeekly.com recently.
So, MMA peeps, what do you make of the possibility of dos Santos and Velasquez meeting in April? Of course, if right had it his way, Canada’s favorite son in Georges St. Pierre would be the perfect fit in the equation. Sound off in the comment section below.