The rematch is upon us. Junior dos Santos versus Cain Velasquez.

The fighters open their eyes each day to a routine of running, training, breathing, dreaming, sweating, kicking, boxing—once, twice, three times—repeating the series, start all over again, lunch, rest, train and train some more.

They do this in order to walk to the Octagon and see the dream come true, with as little as one punch. This is it.

The voice of Bruce Buffer. And the belt in UFC President Dana White’s hands, as he secures it around the waist of dos Santos. Was it a dream? No, it was real, as JDS took the belt of an undefeated fighter in the UFC. Those are strong and intense emotions that come back now, for the fighters involved and for Brazilian fans as they watched one of their countryman take gold.

But now is the time for the rematch. It is time for UFC 155.

Cain Velasquez

It’s a rematch, with new, changed strategies, especially on the part of Cain Velasquez, who suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of “Cigano.”

Velasquez is a complete fighter, has an enviable fitness, is highly technical and has honed his wrestling. With Velasquez on top, it is very difficult for any opponent to try to escape from his elbows.

Velasquez comes into this fight voracious, describing this fight as the most important moment of his career since losing his belt in Nov. 2011. He has been preparing hard, focused on only one thing: victory. We saw it start at UFC 146, where he was 100 percent focused against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

Junior dos Santos

With the rematch upon him, perhaps against the toughest heavyweight opponent yet, Junior dos Santos faces the biggest challenge of his career.

We see a JDS motivated to win, one who will not let anyone take his belt.

Dos Santos made history in the heavyweight division with just one punch to the ear of Velasquez. That single punch was enough to show the strength and power in boxing which dos Santos possesses, and that many believe is surprising. It is very difficult for dos Santos’ opponents to exchange with him. We see knockouts ranging from the first or second round frequently, as was the case in his fight against Frank Mir.

In this rematch with Velasquez, dos Santos focuses on his jiu-jitsu as a possible ally.

JDS has secured 73 percent of his victories via knockout and has incredible physical strength. He has 15 wins and only a single loss.
His intention is the same in all the struggles that come his way: He hunts for the knockout.

This will be a technical fight, where being in the best shape will make all the difference. It’s a battle of wrestling vs boxing. It’s two of the most aggressive fighters in the world meeting again in an event that will go down in UFC history.

Photo: Junior dos Santos (L) and Cain Velasquez in their first meeting at UFC on Fox 1 (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.