Even though his face showed otherwise in the wake of UFC 155, Junior dos Santos still isn't convinced current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez packs a powerful punch.
In fact, "Cigano" -- who many believe has the best striking in mixed martial arts (MMA) today -- claims Velasquez "hits like a girl" because he gave him all he had for five rounds in their rematch last December, but was unable to put him away.
Indeed, Velasquez didn't open up any cuts throughout the 25-minute shellacking, further evidence -- at least in the Brazilian's eyes -- that the 265-pound champ doesn't hit hard.
"After my last fight with Velasquez, I was too swollen. My face was completely deformed. I went to the hospital. I had no cuts against Cain Velasquez. He hits like a girl. We say in boxing about people who 'catch,' who have that punch that you really feel or that cuts your face or knocks you down. He hit me a lot during the five rounds, but did not open anything, although I finished very swollen and had to go to the hospital."
That performance, as well as his divorce from his longtime wife, ultimately resulted in a clean sweep on the judges scorecards for the Mexican-American champion.
Dos Santos earned the right to reclaim his title against the man he took it from at UFC on Fox 1, defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 160 last month via third round knockout. On the same card, Velasquez blitzed through Antonio Silva (again), knocking out the Brazilian behemoth in the very first round to retain his strap.
With the score now even (1-1), dos Santos and Velasquez will collide in the main event at UFC 166, which takes place this October in Houston, Texas, in a super showdown that will possibly be the final time the two talented heavyweights meet inside the Octagon.
It's quite possible that a second straight win over dos Santos might not change his opinion of Velaquez's power -- or lack thereof -- so he may just have to knock him out cold to earn his respect.
Or, at the very least, open up a cut or two.