UFC 166 Preview: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III

UFC 166 takes place on October 19, 2013, from Houston Texas. The main event is a heavyweight championship fight between champ Cain Velasquez, and the challenger, Junior Dos Santos.

Velasquez vs Dos Santos III Trailer

This is the third meeting between the two heavyweight phenoms. Both fighters have outstanding fight records, each with only one loss that they gave to each other. Velasquez lost the title to Dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1, November of 2011. Dos Santos lost the title back to Velasquez in the rematch at UFC 155, December 2012.

Cain Velasquez UFC 166 Pre-Fight Interview

After losing the belt to Dos Santos in the first fight, many were saying that Cain’s long layoff after capturing the title from Brock Lesnar was the reason he lost that fight. Velasquez is known for his intensity and high octane pace in the ring and many fans and critics say that he just did not have it when he fought Junior.

This was his first time facing defeat in the Octagon, but once it was over he seemed primed to get back into form. This was highly evident in his next fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146. He dominated Bigfoot from the opening bell, taking him down and smashing him with punches and elbows until finally the ref had to stop the fight.

He brought that same intensity into the rematch with Dos Santos at UFC 155. He was relentless throughout all 5 rounds, dominating Dos Santos like no one had done before him. He once again captured the heavyweight belt by unanimous decision. He looked once again like the Cain Velasquez who had dominated everyone he came in contact with in the heavyweight division. After another devastating KO of “Bigfoot” Silva in their rematch at UFC 160, Cain looks like he’s not ready to give the heavyweight belt up anytime soon.

Junior Dos Santos UFC 166 Pre Fight Interview

After becoming the first man to finish Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos was on top of the world after an extremely impressive and undefeated run at heavyweight. He defeated a who’s who of UFC fighters including Mirko Cro Cop, Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Stephan Struve.

His first title defense came against MMA veteran Frank Mir at UFC 146. Dos Santos looked ultra impressive in his first defense, finishing Mir by KO in the 2nd round. He would then fight the man he previously beat for the title, Cain Velasquez, at UFC 155. Velasquez reclaimed the title somewhat effortlessly, dominating Dos Santos for 5 rounds. Many people were saying that the “real” Cain Velasquez showed up for this fight. Dos Santos did not agree with that statement.

Dos Santos got right back in the saddle and defeated Mark Hunt with a hard fought and impressive KO victory at UFC 160, on the exact same card that featured Velasquez vs. Silva II. He ended the fight with an exciting spinning back kick that dropped Hunt to the canvas. This was a technique that we had not seen Dos Santos use before, and I believe he wanted to make a huge statement to the world that he was ready to fight Velasquez for the title once again.

UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III

Well the statement has been made, and they are ready to do battle once again in what may be considered to be the biggest heavyweight fight in UFC history. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III for the heavyweight belt, October 19, 2014.

UFC Primetime Episode 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III

UFC Primetime Episode 2: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III

The card also features another heavyweight showdown between heated rivals, Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier. In the lightweight division, veteran Gilbert Melendez faces UFC legend Diego Sanchez. Heavyweight veteran Gabriel Gonzaga returns to face the always exciting and fast rising sensation Shawn Jordan. In the flyweight division, Ultimate Fighter winner John Dodson faces Darrell Montague.

It’s A Whole New Fight with Cain Velasquez as He Faces Antonio Silva at UFC 160

Cain Velasquez was interviewed via conference call to promote his next match against Antonio Silva which is scheduled on May 25, 2013. He has beat the impressive Brazilian before when they met at UFC 146 in May 2012 via technical knockout in just 3 minutes and 36 seconds of round one but this does not mean that he will take for granted their second match.

When asked about his expectations and preparations for this match, he replied: “This is a whole new fight. Obviously, we saw what Bigfoot can do in his past two fights.” He added: “You can’t take him lightly. He’s a tough competitor and really dangerous in the Octagon. I don’t see it as anything less than a hard, gruelling fight. That is what I am expecting.”

When Velasquez was asked about the most important thing about his fights: “To me, [defending the belt] is the most important thing, just hold onto it. This is the position I want to be in. I have to go out there and perform.” He also added: “As far as motivation, it’s there. A rematch is what it is. We fought before and you learn from that fight, but you can’t think too much of it.”

Cain Velasquez is a 30 year old heavyweight fighter from Salinas, California, USA. He holds an impressive record of 11 wins and only one loss. His latest win was against Junior dos Santos in a headline fight last December 2012 where he won via unanimous decision. This was their second matchup and during the first, dos Santos had the upper hand where he knocked out Velasquez in less than 4 minutes of round 1. This was Velasquez’s only loss. He has won over spectacular fighters like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ben Rothwell, Denis Stojnic and Brad Morris to name a few.

Antonio “Pezao” Silva on the other hand is a 33 year old fighter from Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil. He has a total of 18 wins and only 4 losses in his professional career. He has recently won over strong fighters like Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 and Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5. He has lost to Velasquez in 2012 via technical knockout.

UFC 160 will be on May 25, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

UFC 160 Fever!

UFC 160 is still a long way away but fans just can’t wait to see Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva pound each other as they face each other once more. The two faced each other at UFC 146 at the Dos Santos versus Mir event in May 2012 and this second encounter promises to be an action filled –event as Velasquez aims to defeat Silva and gain the upper hand on May 26, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Lately, UFC announced another pair that will grace the MGM arena for UFC 160. It’s Dennis Bermudez versus Max Holloway for a featherweight fiasco. Both fighters are fresh from their own wins and both are expecting to win at UFC 160 to improve their impressive stats. Let us look how these two will match:

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudes is a 26-year old featherweight fighter from Saugerties, New York, United States. He has a 10 win and 3 losses professional MMA record. His last fight was a split decision win over Matt Grice at UFC 157 – Rousey versus Carmouche in February 2013. If he wins over Holloway in UFC 160, this will be his fourth consecutive win since May 2012. But it was not always roses for Bermudes; before his consecutive wins, he suffered a back to back to back loss from September 2010 to December 2011. He was defeated by Diego Brandao in his first UFC appearance and by Jordan Rinaldi in PFC and in the hands of Drew Fickett at Shine Fights.

Max “Blessed” Holloway on the other hand is a 21-year old featherweight from Waianae, Hawaii, United States. He has an impressive record of 7 wins and only one loss in his career. His last win was against Leonard Garcia in UFC 155 Dos Santos versus Velasquez 2 via split decision in December 2012. Before this win he was able to defeat Justin Lawrence and Pat Schilling. His only loss was in the hands of Dustin Poirier in UFC 143 Diaz versus Condit in February 2012 as Poirier leashed out a decisive submission triangle arm bar move.

Bermudes and Holloway will face each other in May along with other fighters like Junior dos Santos versus Mark Hunt, Glover Teixeira versus James Te Huna, Gray Maynard versus T.J. Grant, Gunnar Nelson versus Mike Pyle, Donald Cerrone versus K.J. Noons and Robert Wittaker versus Colton Smith to name a few.