Saturday night, the UFC will have its first ever network televised fight when Junior Dos Santos challenges Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship of the World. These two men are two of the hardest-hitting men on the planet, and there is a good chance this fight will not go to the judges.
The challenger, Junior Dos Santos, has been nothing but dominate since bursting onto the scene. He defeated Fabricio Werdum in his UFC debut, and six wins later, he is finally getting his shot at UFC gold.
Junior Dos Santos was originally slated to face-off against Brock Lesnar in a title eliminator bout, but Lesnar was forced off of the card due to diverticulitus. Once Brock was announced off of the card, the UFC pulled Shane Carwin from his fight with Jon Einemo to face Dos Santos in the main event.
Junior dominated Carwin all three rounds and both men showed that they had very solid chins. Junior showed improvement in his wrestling, which is a must if he wants to defeat Velasquez, and now Saturday night, he will be given his chance to shine.
Current UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez is a big question mark going into his first title defense against Junior Dos Santos. He has been out of action for over a year due to shoulder surgery, and post-surgery the recovery process didn’t go so well at first.
Cain needs to stick to his strengths in this fight: wrestling and cardio. If he controls the pace, then at the end of the night, his hand should be raised.
That being said, there are two men who will be fighting at the end of December at UFC 141 to see who will face the winner of the UFC on FOX main event.
Brock Lesnar will be returning after having a foot of his colon removed due to diverticulitus, and he will be welcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Dream Heavyweight Champion and the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Alistair Overeem to the UFC.
Both men are monsters and weigh in at over a combined 500 lbs. Brock is the wrestler while Overeem is the striker, but he has a solid submission game as well.
This fight is a big fight, and it is hard to call a legit winner in this, because where one man is weak, the other is strong in terms of skill. This fight is definitely one to keep your eyes on.
Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem, does either man have a chance to truly dethrone the winner of Velasquez and Dos Santos?
For Lesnar, he poses threats to both men with his size, strength and speed. His wrestling is more of a threat to Dos Santos, but his power and speed is a problem for both men. Everyone saw the first fight between Lesnar and Velasquez, and maybe a rematch would be the same result, or maybe it will be a continuation of what occurred before Lesnar tripped across the cage and was met with punches when he regained his balance and was soon after finished. In MMA, anything is possible, and in this case, Brock could defeat both men, but both men could defeat Brock as well.
Overeem is more of a threat to Dos Santos than he is to Velasquez. The reason is because Velasquez has wonderful cardio, and wrestling. Overeem lacks in the cardio department, and over the years his chin has been heavily questioned, which is where his downfall would be with Dos Santos, that is if Dos Santos landed first. While fighting Werdum, yes, Overeem may have been injured, but the way he fought due to fear of being taken down really makes things interesting when you imagine him facing a wrestler. In all actuality, Overeem has a striker’s chance against both men, but his best chance is definitely against Dos Santos.
Anyone in the world can predict the outcome of a fight, the good thing is that in MMA, you have to expect the unexpected. Of these four men, it is hard to say which one will come out on top, but no matter who it is, expect some exciting action. Velasquez, Dos Santos, Lesnar and Overeem. Those names are one thing, but when you add in Mir, Noguiera and the possibilities of Barnett and Cormier, it is almost impossible to not be excited for the future of the Heavyweight division.