History is in the making for the UFC as the premier MMA promotion in the world sets off to present their first ever show in one of the biggest TV networks in the country, FOX.
And what better way to let MMA loose on national TV than a epic-proportions heavyweight championship fight between two of the most dangerous warriors in MMA today, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and the Brazilian juggernaut, Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos.
This fight was originally scheduled to happen months and that was put on hold due to the champion Velasquez suffering a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder in his fight against Brock Lesnar, and now is finally happening.
DosSantos, who is coming off a victory via complete destruction over Shane Carwin, and a completely dominant performance over Roy Nelson, is clearly facing the biggest challenge of his career to date.
Velasquez, who is coming off a long lay off and surgery, makes his first title defense and many would argue, this is also his biggest test in his career so far.
But how do you compare these two UFC giants? What are the pros and cons for each fighter coming into the biggest fight of their lives?
Let’s do some MMA analysis my friends!
Junior Dos Santos
With 14 fights under his belt and only one defeat (a loss to Joaquim Ferreira by armbar exactly four years ago today), and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Dos Santos is best know for his boxing skills and is often called the best boxer in the MMA heavyweight division.
One punch knock out power on either hand and his aggressiveness inside the Octagon completely contrasts with his easy going, humble personality outside of the cage.
His biggest wins, 2009 Fight Magazine Upset of The Year against Fabricio Werdum, and most recently, Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson.
Precisely those two fights are an asterisk for Dos Santos in my analysis. Unable to finish neither of his last two opponents, Dos Santos seemed a lot more dominant and effective in the very first round than in the later parts of both fights, and is yet to prove himself on the ground.
Going up against a fighter that has a reputation for non-stop, unlimited cardio like Cain Velasquez, that is certainly not a favorable sign.
The key for Dos Santos is to establish his aggressiveness early in the first round and he has to land the money shot before that first round is over. The longer the fight goes, the more the scale tips in favor of Velasquez.
UFC heavyweight champion, ranked the number one heavyweight fighter by virtually every major MMA outlet there is, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt under Dave Camarillo, and without a doubt one of the best wrestlers and grapplers in the history of the heavyweight division.
Cain took de No Gi blue belt championship after only a year of having started to practice submission grappling. Cain has outstanding boxing skills, can sustain a strong and fast pace, and owns the best cardio in the division.
Cain’s chin was tested by CheickCongowho rocked Cain in their fight at UFC 99 only to see Cain bounce back and dominate. Not a lot of heavyweights can say they were rocked byCongo, who is also one of the best strikers and one of the heaviest hitters in the division, and say they could not only bounce back from it, but come back and dominate. TheCongofight is actually the only time Cain has been unable to finish a fight.
Then of course is the complete obliteration and worldwide humiliation of a Brock Lesnar. Cain Velasquez has suffered the critics saying that he was too small to hang out with the top heavies in the UFC, that he was too small for fighters like Lesnar and Carwin.
Velasquez simply put that giant to sleep when he shut the lips of not only all the critics, but Lesnar’s too.
A flat out well-rounded fighter, Velasquez brings danger from all sides of the MMA spectrum to any opponent he faces.
So what do you think? Who do you see taking this fight? Will it go five rounds? Do you think Velasquez and Dos Santos would probably show too much respect for each other and mess everyone’s night up just like Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum did?
Our prediction here at The MMA Truth is that Cain Velasquez dominates all areas of the fight and comes out with the win. We also predict it will be one of the greatest heavyweight fights in the history of MMA, but most important, I see a lot of new fans turning to MMA come Saturday night.
UFC on FOX is sure to be a complete success and we just hope it brings millions of new fans to this, the greatest sport in the world.
Thanks for reading.
Originally posted at The MMA Truth.