HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) UFC Fighters Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos square off for the cameras during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
We may need to pump the brakes on the UFC 152 war wagon.
That's because "Cigano" coach Yuri Carlton tells Tatame.com (via Fighter's Only) the highly-anticipated rematch between Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title may not be happening on Sept. 22, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as originally reported.
"The fight is with Velasquez, but no definite date. It was speculated for September, but that is unrealistic. Velasquez is also with a broken hand, it's not resolved, so I think the UFC will wait a little longer."
The very same evening, Dos Santos blasted his way past Frank Mir to his first successful title defense, knocking out the former champion in the second round. In the immediate aftermath, fans and pundits alike called for a rematch, especially considering Alistair Overeem won't be available to return until late December.
With "Demolition Man" riding the pine and Brock Lesnar playing in the land of make-believe, there exists very few viable contenders for either combatant, as combined, they've pretty much run roughshod over anyone and everyone inside the UFC heavyweight ranks.
Dos Santos needed just 64 seconds to pulverize Velasquez at the inaugural UFC on FOX event last December, but a case for an expedited rematch was made on the basis that both fighters were competing with severe injuries.
That, plus there isn't anyone else left to make a case for.
It now just seems to be a matter of "when," not "if," but if Carlton is giving us the goods, look for these two to hook 'em up later this fall, which means "The Reem" won't get a title shot on New Year's Eve like many were speculating.
Still too early to tell, so stay tuned.