The last time Cain Velasquez met Junior dos Santos, he was the champion trying to fend off the top challenger. After just 64 seconds, his title was gone and so were his senses, the victim of a brutal knockout. And that hasn't been sitting pretty for the last year.
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) got together with FOX for a historic partnership to broadcast multiple events per year on network television, the decision was made to kick it off with a heavyweight championship showdown pitting then titleholder Cain Velasquez against number one contender Junior dos Santos.
It took all of 64 seconds for the latter to land a bomb on the former and end the fight.
That's the kind of defeat that sticks with you. Here you are, the champion of the biggest baddest division in the fight game and you get pasted, blasted in just over one minute on national television in front of a record audience.
That's not sitting pretty with Velasquez, who XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix with Bickley and MJ (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) that loss has been eating at him for nearly a year now:
"Yeah December 29th my rematch with Dos Santos is coming up and I'm just ready for this. This is a loss that's been in the back of my head for a year now. Can't wait to get in there and bring that belt back to Arizona. ... You always have it in the back of your head. It's always a reminder that hey I need to keep training harder and get back to a point where you were before that and that was at the top. That's the whole thing of doing this sport now is trying to be at the top."
He'll get the chance to win his belt back in the main event of UFC 155 on Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the promotion's annual year-end extravaganza in "Sin City."
Who wins, Maniacs?