By Eli Epstein - Contributor

Almost one year ago, Junior Dos Santos dropped Cain Velasquez with a massive right hand and followed it up with vicious strikes on the ground to win the UFC Heavyweight championship and climb to the top of the MMA mountain.

 

On Saturday, December 29 at UFC 155, Velasquez seeks retribution, fighting not only to reclaim his strap, but also to prove that he's fully healthy and has shored up the holes in his defense that led to the first loss of his career against Dos Santos last November.

 

Since his defeat at the hands of Dos Santos, the Mexican-American Velasquez trounced Brazilian contender Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in May.

 

On the other side, Dos Santosa native-born Braziliansuccessfully defended his belt against grappling ace Frank Mir, who he knocked out in the second round of their May fight.

 

Velasquez and Dos Santos will be facing off at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the average asking price for their fight is $440.16, according to TiqIQ. Click here to see MMA live.

 

Previously at MGM Grand, a highly-anticipated Middleweight championship tilt between phenom Anderson Silva and avowed enemy Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 in July  garnered an average asking price of $1,053.53. In May, tickets to Dos Santos' first title defense against Mir went for an average price of $395.67.

 

Joining Velasquez and Dos Santos on the main card of UFC 155 will be a host of top Middleweight contender matchups, including Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou and Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher, as well an intriguing Lightweight bout between top challengers Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller.

 

Originally posted at The MMA Truth.

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