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Early on, Velasquez took dos Santos down. But the Brazilian got right back up. Velasquez is landing jabs, coming forward very aggressively. Dos Santos landed a solid right hand as Velasquez came forward. Nice one-two by Velasquez. Dos Santos is shirking takedown attempts left and right, as Velasquez is telegraphing them. Nice jab from Velasquez again. And the story on this one became obvious- Velasquez was planning on getting this fight to the canvas, and would come forward aggressively to do so.
That’s when the former champ landed a huge right hand that put dos Santos on the canvas. From there, the Mexican-American connected with punches in bunches. Dos Santos got back up but was put right back down on the canvas. And the beating kept coming until the bell.
Velasquez won that round easily. Dos Santos looks more fatigued than his adversary, but I wouldn’t say that Velasquez didn’t slow down some because he did.
Early in round two, Velasquez put dos Santos right back down on the canvas. And then the onslaught began. Dos Santos was able to get back up, but Velasquez put him right back down. Sure, dos Santos got back up again, but that just meant he was to eat some more strikes standing before being put right back down. Velasquez is hitting him the entire time. Dos Santos turned things over, which led to a very valid armbar attempt by Velasquez. Both fighters are tired, but the champ is in worse shape. Then came the bell.
Velasquez is putting on a clinic. We’ll see if dos Santos has that one shot left in him.
Round three saw dos Santos throw a few more punches with some mild gusto. But the story on the stanza was still the same. Basically, dos Santos is showing heart in this one but is unable to get anything going on offense.
Round four saw dos Santos land some decent body punches and even look for a takedown. In other words, he appeared to have a second wind of sorts after the onslaught he’d endured. That said, he was still taken down on multiple occasions and ate some big shots. In other words, Velasquez won round four, just like he’d won every other stanza.
Dos Santos needs a stoppage in round five or he will lose.
Early in the final stanza, dos Santos defended a takedown and then landed a hard body punch. Defending takedown attempts left and right, he connected with a solid right hand as well. But then at about the halfway mark, Velasquez netted another takedown. Ground and pound followed until such time as dos Santos was able to get back to his feet. Velasquez pressed his opponent into the wall, continuing his dirty boxing tirade. And then came the bell.
Cain Velasquez is simply great. Dos Santos is also, but this was not his night.
Cain Velasquez defeats Junior dos Santos by unanimous decision.