When a monster arrives, everyone knows because of the damage left behind.
Cain Velasquez looked every bit of the monster people remembered, and say what you wish about the fact that he took the UFC heavyweight belt from Junior dos Santos without actually finishing him, but remember that two top-tier heavyweights fought their hearts out.
In the end, the former champion Velasquez defeated dos Santos by taking a unanimous decision that proved about as definitive as the 64-second win achieved by dos Santos last year.
Now many look ahead to what awaits both men.
Just as Velasquez got his rematch after a UFC 146 win over Antonio Silva, dos Santos likely needs to exhibit equal or greater dominance in his next outing, while Velasquez simply must focus on retaining the gold in his next outing.
Despite the boos of a few possibly inebriated fans in attendance, dos Santos should not feel shame in his outing.
He took a hard shot on the chin, found himself out-wrestled for the first time in the Octagon and simply never recovered. It happens to the best of fighters, but dos Santos possesses the abilities needed to rebound from this defeat and set up a trilogy with Velasquez.
Both men know the fans want to see the trilogy conclude with both men owning one lopsided victory each, Velasquez wants to do whatever he can to ensure that his road to legendary status crosses paths with dos Santos' road to immortality, and dos Santos aims to deliver on his promise to improve as a fighter while reclaiming his title.
All three will happen as the months progress.
Regardless of whom Velasquez fights, he will find a way to emerge victorious and retain his belt while dos Santos hunts for his impressive rebound and finds it.
Inevitably, UFC president Dana White will leave himself with no other alternative than to find a time and place for the trilogy to end, and from there, one of the most intriguing rivalries in recent MMA history will turn in one of the sport's most epic series right before our very eyes,
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