UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is hosting UFC on Fox: Velaszuez vs Dos Santos.  This will be the debut of the UFC on the Fox Network (network television), and is a huge step in attempting to mainstream the UFC.  What makes this event even more special is that the UFC Heavyweight Championship will be on the line.  This heavyweight title fight will be the only fight televised, but there will be several other fights on the preliminary card. One of those fights will be a lightweight fight to determine who will get the next title shot at Frankie Edgar. The UFC on Fox event takes place on Saturday, November 12, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.  This is the first fight on the Fox Network since Fox and the UFC signed a recent television contract to air the UFC on network television.  Take a look at the analysis of the main fight that Dana White and the UFC have scheduled for UFC on Fox 1.

The main event – Heavyweight bout:  Cain Velasquez (9-0-0) vs Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (13-1-0)

UFC Heavyweight fighter Cain VelasquezCain Velasquez is the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, and is undefeated in his professional MMA career at 9-0. Velasquez was a two-time state champion wrestler in high school, and also played football.  He went on to become a junior college national champion, and a two-time Division 1 All-American wrestler. After graduating college, he joined American Kickboxing Academy and began his MMA career.  His first professional fight was in 2006 at age 24.  After two first round knockouts in his first two fights, Velasquez made his UFC debut in 2008 in only his third professional fight.  Eight of his 9 wins have been by knockout, and 6 have been in the first round.  Only one of his fights has gone the distance, and he has not lost a single round to date.  Although he obviously packs one of the most powerful punches in the UFC, Velasquez is a well-rounded fighter who is skilled in wrestling, Muay Thai, boxing, as well as being a brown belt in Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu.

Velazquez is a successful striker with obvious knockout power.  He also is pretty good at defending the strike.  An experienced wrestler, he has been successful at takedowns, and is pretty good at avoiding takedowns.  Look for Velasquez to obviously try and knock out his opponent with one of his heavy punches.  If he is unsuccessful at that, look for him to try and take down his opponent and secure a TKO with his devestating ground and pound.

Junior Dos Santos Heavyweight UFC FighterJunior Dos Santos is the number one heavyweight contender, and like his opponent, he also has hands of steel.  He began his MMA career in 2006 at age 21, fighting in local Brazilian promotions. After amassing a 6-1 record, he had his first UFC fight in 2008.  Out of his 13 overall wins, 8 have been by knockout, 3 by decision, and 2 by submission.  Ten of his wins have ended in the first round, and he is undefeated (7-0) since joining the UFC.  His only career loss was by submission over four years ago.  Dos Santos is a skilled boxer with great strength and athleticism.  He is very quick for his size, and is also a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Dos Santos is a very effective striker with some of the best boxing in the UFC, as well as some destructive knees.  He is a great counter puncher, has a solid uppercut, and should be able to use his quickness to his advantage.  Like his opponent, he possesses good striking defense.  Without the wrestling pedigree of his opponent, Dos Santos does not attempt many takedowns, but when he does, he has been very successful.  He also has excellent takedown defense.  Look for Dos Santos to try and keep this fight standing, and look for him to out box his opponent, and set up the big knockout punch. Dos Santos may also get into clinches in which he will use his knees to damage his opponent.

Both fighters will be looking to end the fight with an early knockout.  If it doesn’t happen, Velasquez will look for a takedown and ground and pound, while Dos Santos will try and keep the fight standing and out box Velasquez.  Although this UFC Heavyweight Championship fight is scheduled for 5 rounds, don’t expect this fight to end up going longer than 2 or 3 rounds.

Below is the list of the remaining UFC fights on the card for UFC on Fox Velaszuez vs Dos Santos:

Preliminary card (Facebook and FoxSports.com)

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Aaron Rosa vs. Matt Lucas
  • Welterweight bout: Mike Pierce vs. Paul Bradley
  • Bantamweight bout: Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
  • Featherweight bout: Mackens Semerzier vs. Robert Peralta
  • Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
  • Welterweight bout: DaMarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison
  • Featherweight bout: Cub Swanson vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Featherweight bout: Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza
  • Lightweight bout: Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson

~ by Troy Erickson on November 11, 2011.

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