Cain and Junior went head-to-head for the third time on Oct. 19 for UFC 166, and Cain made a conclusive statement, beating his arch-rival with a convincing TKO finish.
Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headed into UFC 166 on Oct. 19 with one win each under their belts — this third match would decide who the real UFC champion was. And when the dust settled, and the blood stopped splashing down on the mat, Cain was the one to emerge triumphant.
Cain Velasquez Defeats Junior Dos Santos At UFC 166
It doesn’t look like a fourth fight between these two is going to be necessary. Cain was clearly the better fighter at UFC 166, as Junior struggled to keep up with his aggressive style and flurry of attacks.
“[The game plan] was the same as the last fight,” Cain told ESPN after the match. “Pressure, but throw better punches. Crisper punches, so I could beat him to the punch. He has great heart.”
Cain’s strategy worked, and he dominated en route to a TKO decision in the fifth round.
Cain Velasquez & Junior Dos Santos’s Third Match
Some highlights of the fight included when Cain dropped Junior with a straight right hand, a punch that caused serious damage to Junior’s right eye, requiring medical attention twice. And one of the most exciting moments was when Junior, knowing he was getting beat, attempted a standing chokehold. Cain easily shrugged it off though and then finished off his opponent.
“He’s very — what can I say?,” Junior said after the loss. “He beat me up.”
The Velasquez-dos Santos face-off was the 10th trilogy in UFC history, and it may have been the best.
Cain is next expected to defend his UFC title against Fabricio Werdum. Fab better watch out!
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– Andrew Gruttadaro