Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2: What We Learned from UFC 155's Main Event

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cain Velasquez is covered with the blood of Antonio Silva (not pictured) during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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In the main event of UFC 155 in Las Vegas, the UFC Heavyweight Championship was on the line when Junior dos Santos met Cain Velasquez. It is a rematch from last year, when dos Santos knocked out Velasquez and took the title from him.

This is likely one of the most anticipated fights of the year. When it was all said and done, Velasquez defeated JDS via unanimous decision to regain the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

Here's what we learned from the bout.


What we'll remember about this fight

Cain Velasquez's redemption. Junior dos Santos did not look like himself, but Velasquez looked phenomenal. His striking looked better, he was in fantastic shape and his wrestling was far superior.


What we learned about Cain Velasquez

That was the Cain Velasquez that became UFC heavyweight champion not long ago. Velasquez was aggressive and brilliant in executing what he wanted to do. Perhaps the first fight was a fluke, as both fighters were nursing an injury then. 


What we learned about Junior dos Santos

It may have more to do with the amazing pace that Velasquez can set, but Junior needs to work on his cardio. Halfway through the first round, he already looked tired. Again, though, that may just be a credit to how great Velasquez's cardio is. 


What's next for Velasquez

I would say Alistair Overeem, should he defeat Antonio Silva. I believe Overeem will walk through "Big Foot," which makes this fight a "most likely."


What's next for dos Santos

He needs to work on his wrestling and cardio. In terms of a next fight, they could feed him Cheick Kongo to get back on track. However, I like a fight with Fabricio Werdum after he fights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, should Werdum win or lose.