Rematch, as defined by Merriam-Webster.com: “A second match between the same contestants or teams.” So, by definition, doesn’t that make Saturday’s sequel between reigning UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos (Pictured) and Cain Velasquez, the man he knocked out 13 months ago to capture the crown, a REMATCH?
Not if you were to ask the now-fluent English-speaking dos Santos.
“I think it’s more of a rematch for Cain Velasquez, for me it’s another fight,” dos Santos said of Saturday’s shootout. “I take my next fight as my toughest fight ever. So I get very well prepared for all of my fights, that’s how I am now.
“I’m 100 percent [ready] to go there and keep my belt.”
Velasquez took a more direct approach to Part II by tearing a page out of Webster’s Dictionary.
“It is a rematch, we’re fighting again,” Velasquez matter-of-factly stated. “So, I don’t know.”
Dos Santos, however, refused to back down, reiterating that Velasquez is the one who’s getting the rematch and it’s just another scrap for him.
“I don’t think I’m wrong, man,” dos Santos said with a smile. “It is a rematch for him, right? I think so.”
It’s fairly easy to see where both heavyweights are coming from. Dos Santos is giving Velasquez a chance to vindicate the only loss on his résumé, so getting a rematch is clearly more important for the former champ. “Cigano,” meanwhile, is simply focused on collecting the next notch on his championship belt – regardless if his opponent is a new or former foe.
In any event, they will be meeting again inside the Octagon come Saturday at UFC 155.