Go ahead and give Cain Velasquez the title shot.

The former heavyweight champion will face off against another former champion in Frank Mir at UFC 146 in a No. 1 contender’s bout, but does he deserve another shot at Junior dos Santos with the victory?

After all, he did get knocked out by dos Santos in his last fight, and without a hesitation, the answer is undoubtedly yes.

In the beautiful sport of MMA, you’re only as good as your last fight, and unfortunately for Velasquez, he was knocked out by dos Santos in a minute and four seconds.

But need I remind you that Velasquez was dealing with a knee sprain on fight night, and therefore, he probably couldn’t muster up the power to take dos Santos to the ground if he tried?

I’m not making excuses for the guy, because dos Santos was dealing with a torn meniscus on that very same night, but I believe another fight between these two would be totally different.

Normally I’m against a guy losing the title, winning one fight after, and then receiving an immediate title shot, but Velasquez is the rare case that makes sense.

In case you forgot how great of a fighter Velasquez is since the night he suffered his first MMA loss, allow me to remind you.

Before dethroning Brock Lesnar and becoming the new heavyweight championship at UFC 121 in 2010, every heavyweight in the division knew that a 100 percent Cain Velasquez is hell on wheels.

He dismantled guys like Jake O’Brien and Denis Stojnic to set up a big-time heavyweight showdown with Cheick Kongo at UFC 99, at a time when Kongo was thought to be the next great heavyweight.

Although Kongo took the fight on short notice, Velasquez was still able to take Kongo’s best punch and drive through him and pound out a dominant decision. After that he destroyed Ben Rothwell at UFC 104, and then he knocked out the legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira with a beautiful display of strikes.

That led to him to a record of 8-0 and a crack at Lesnar. He hit Lesnar so hard, he twirled in circles. Aor those that point to the fact that he beat the post-surgery Lesnar, well, that post-surgery Brock was able to defeat a very dangerous Shane Carwin at UFC 116.

The point of the matter is that if Velasquez beats Mir and you don’t give him the title shot, then who else would you give it to? You can throw around names like Fabricio Werdum or maybe even the winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, but let’s face it–these guys haven’t faced the kind of competition that Velasquez has in recent years.

Velasquez deserves another shot at JDS, and when it’s all said and done, a dominant victory over Mir at UFC 146 will be the only argument that’s needed to plead his case.

Photo: Cain Velasquez (Sherdog)

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Jake Martin

Jake attends Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., where he studies Mass Communication in print and public relations. He is also the sports editor of his school newspaper, The Nicholls Worth. Jake works at the Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday, La. during the summer.