Enough time to help him erase the memory of that cold December night in Las Vegas, Nevada, where not only did he have his face beaten on for 25 minutes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but lost his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title, as well.
According to Cain's head trainer at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Javier Mendez, those ghosts are going to resurface this weekend (Oct. 19, 2013) at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas, because Velasquez plans on doing the exact same thing he did to "Cigano" in their previous encounter.
And that's punish him for five grueling rounds.
Just like last time, the Brazilian bomber is not going to win a single round, as Mendez declared to Bleacher Report:
"This fight is extremely important because of what it means, the trilogy. This is probably the greatest trilogy in UFC history, and it's the heavyweights, the king of kings. It's extremely important and Cain is so motivated to (keep) that title and to put a stamp on that last win to say that wasn't a fluke, it's going to happen again. He's prepared to do what he did last time for five grueling rounds. It's not important that he finishes Junior, what's important is that he goes out and he gets that win in dominating fashion. That's what's important to him, to get that win. I see the fight playing out more or less like that last one; different type of scenario but same type of thing. The pressure is on and Junior is doing his best to try and finish Cain. That's the only way Junior can win is to try to finish him. He's not going to win a decision; he's not going to win a round."
Bold prediction from Mendez; however, Team Dos Santos is adamant that Junior will not suffer the same fate as last time because unlike at UFC 155, they made sure "Cigano" didn't over-train; something they believe is what caused his lethargic performance.
What say you Maniacs, will it be déjà vu all over again this Saturday night in "H-Town" for Dos Santos? Or will the dangerous striker unload and connect with his powerful bombs early on and put away Velasquez en route to reclaiming the division strap?