UFC 160 is now in the history books, and it turned out just the way most of us thought it would. Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos both reigned victorious and are once again poised to fight for the UFC heavyweight title.
Now wait just a minute, you might be thinking. Does it really make sense for the UFC to jump straight into Cain-JDS 3? I guess you could argue that not enough time has passed since their last fight, and maybe some of the other guys deserve to be pulled into the mix. Maybe you’d like to see JDS vs Daniel Cormier, or Cain vs Fabricio Werdum (assuming Werdum is able to defeat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a couple of weeks).
But let’s get real for a second. Velasquez and Dos Santos are the two most electrifying heavyweights in the world, and we need to see them complete this trilogy. It’s a heavyweight showdown on the order of Fedor vs Cro Cop, or perhaps even to the magnitude of Ali vs Frazier. And, aside from a potential superfight between UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, it’s the biggest fight in all of MMA today. Can we as fans really afford to let this opportunity slip away?
Absolutely not. The stage is set for the Cain-JDS rubber match and it couldn’t be more epic. Junior put Cain down in just 64 seconds at the first UFC on FOX event, but we later found out that Cain fought with a knee injury. Cain utterly destroyed Junior for five whole rounds back at UFC 155, but then we learned that Junior was overtrained and suffering from a severe disease called rhabdomyolosis. So the question is, what does it look like to see these two titans really go at it 100%?
Now is the time to find out. Each man has reached his physical and technical peak, combining sublime athleticism with world-class skill in the striking and grappling arts. Nobody else on the planet can match these guys in speed and power. It’s wrestling vs jiu-jitsu. America vs Brazil. The winner might very well be considered the #1 heavyweight in MMA history.
What else could you possibly ask for in a UFC title fight?
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