UFC 155: Dos Santos & Velasquez Battle For The Past, Present & Future
There are main events. Then there are main events. When Cain Velasquez squares off with UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos on Dec. 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the MMA world will get to witness a rematch of truly epic proportions.
UFC 155 is primed to set Las Vegas, Nev., a blaze with raucous fans and eager celebutantes over New Year’s weekend and a matchup between Velasquez and Dos Santos is a perfect accompaniment to the end of 2012. Sure, this fight is ending 2012 with a bang but that should come as no surprise, as these two fighters are seemingly destined for future championship combat.
THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE
If you’re a student of MMA history and if you’re a bigger fan of logic and reason, UFC 155’s most obviously glaring storyline is in the main event. Both Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez are the past, present and future of the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Even if Dos Santos won on Saturday — making him 2-0 against Velasquez — you could still expect to see these two meet multiple times in the coming years. That’s how talented these two, young fighters are — Dos Santos at 28 and Velasquez at 30, respectively.
Speaking of young, when Dos Santos broke into the UFC with a jaw-shattering KO victory over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90, it was obvious that potential was abundant with the 23-year-old Brazilian. In that fight, “Cigano” was a 6-to-1 underdog. With that win, it announced a new player in the UFC’s heavyweight division almost instantaneously.
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