UFC 155: Cain Velasquez Delivers Record-Setting Performance in Win over JDS

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIJanuary 3, 2013

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cain Velasquez during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

At UFC 155, Cain Velasquez famously gave Junior dos Santos the beating of a lifetime to recapture the UFC Heavyweight championship. According to a report from FightMetric, it was the most well-rounded beating in UFC history, as Velasquez became the first man in UFC history to score triple digits in the significant strikes department (111) and double digits in takedowns (11) in the same fight. 

Considering that dos Santos went into the fight with the apparent possession of the best boxing skills in all of mixed martial arts, it's shocking to many that he could be on the receiving end of such a record-breaking performance.

Prior to the contest, the UFC presented another statistic that makes this record hard to believe. In all of his previous UFC bouts combined, Junior dos Santos had only spent a total of 13 seconds on his back

The closest that any fighter had come to achieving this feat was at UFC 141 when Jimy Hettes dominated Nam Phan. Although it was only a three-round fight, Hettes matched the wrestling output of Cain by scoring 11 takedowns, but only recording 81 significant strikes.

Despite the devastating loss, the former champion is anxious to get back into the cage with Velasquez for an inevitable rubber match.

"I won the first and he had a rematch. Now I lost and I want my rematch. I'm saying I want this fight. I'll get my belt."

"Cigano" is going to need a major win before getting another crack at the title, as there are a pair of potential contenders blocking his path. If Alistair Overeem or Fabricio Werdum are successful in their next bouts (against Bigfoot Silva and Big Nog, respectively), they will most certainly be ahead of him in the pecking order.