UFC president Dana White was full of announcements on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after confirming welterweight king Georges St-Pierre would likely defend his crown against Johny Hendricks in November, White stated the trilogy between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos (both pictured) will probably go down in October in Houston.
White didn’t report a venue for the rubber match, but Toyota Center, which hosted UFC 136 in 2011, is the frontrunner to land the gig.
Velasquez solidified his status as the planet’s baddest 265-pounder by mauling Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for the second time in 364 days at UFC 160. Dos Santos took center stage the bout prior and showcased his expanding repertoire by putting Mark Hunt to sleep with the impromptu highlight reel strike.
It took dos Santos all of 64 seconds to take Velasquez’s strap from him in their November 2011 encounter. Velasquez returned the favor by posting a lopsided unanimous decision victory in December to reclaim his throne.
Part III is one of the most anticipated heavyweight bouts in UFC history.