Junior dos Santos embarrassed Cain Velasquez (pictured) in their initial encounter by putting him to sleep in merely 64 seconds. What made matters worse was it happened on the UFC’s debut on FOX, and it was the only fight scheduled to air during the live hour-long broadcast.
That left FOX’s panel with nearly 45 minutes of television time to criticize Velasquez for attempting to stand with the brawler instead of showcasing his wrestling game and replay the lights out KO to no end in slow-mo and super-slow-mo.
Their first shootout may have only lasted 64 ticks, but the memories from that night haunted Velasquez for several months. It probably will forever.
That’s why Velasquez had to return the favor in December’s rematch. However, Velasquez knew that if he evened up the score to reclaim his throne, a trilogy was inevitable. That’s why he went out of his way to prove a point.
Velasquez was clearly the better man right from the opening bell in their sequel. There were several occasions where he had dos Santos hurt, but opted to methodically brutalize him instead of going for a submission or TKO to end the mauling.
According to UFC president Dana White, Velasquez wanted to send his rival a violent message.
“I talked to Cain, and Cain is one of these guys that won’t say anything publicly, but my partner, Lorenzo Fertitta, asked Cain, ‘Cain, when you fought him in that [second fight], why didn’t you take his back? You had his back, why didn’t you choke him? Why didn’t you submit him?'” White shared on “Fox Sports 1 Live.”
“And this is, literally, what Cain said to us, ‘I didn’t want to submit him and I didn’t want to knock him out. I wanted to punish him for five full rounds and that’s what I did. That’s what Cain Velasquez told Lorenzo and I after the fight.”
If Velasquez was trying to deliver a message, what was received on dos Santos’ end was that he “hits like a girl.” Something must have been lost in translation, because the Brazilian’s face was bloodied, battered and swollen up like a balloon after Velasquez unleashed his assault.
Velasquez gets to see if his girly punches will be enough to take the lead in their rubber match this Saturday at UFC 166.