Junior dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez in the first meeting. Velasquez dominated Dos Santos for five full rounds in the second meeting. Tonight (Sat., Oct. 19, 2013) in the main event of UFC 166: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, they met for a third and final time to settle the score in an awesome heavyweight trilogy over the division title.
It took all of eight seconds for Velasquez to land another hard right hand to the chin. A clinch followed but it was only a means to delay what seemed inevitable.
Sure enough, Cain backed out and blasted away with punches, all of which looked close to forcing a stoppage. But just as soon as he jumped out to fire away, he jumped back in to control the action.
This is how things went for the next couple minutes, as Dos Santos tried his best to find the space to land a big right hand, one that might have a chance of winning him the fight. He looked dead on his feet but his punches were still powerful.
But powerful enough?
Soon after, his face was hamburger enough for the doctor to come in and check on him. Once that happened and he was cleared to return, the action restarted and he went back to throwing hail mary haymakers.
That's not to say he didn't find some success with a couple short elbows coming into and out of the clinch. Still, Velasquez was relentless and Dos Santos went back to his corner looking like he had been run over by a truck.
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