At the end of UFC 155, we had a brand new UFC heavyweight champion that looked like he had just finished a few rounds of sparring, whereas the former champ barely even resembled what he’d looked like before the bout.

Cain Velasquez put a beatdown on Junior dos Santos, the man who beat him to win the title in November of 2011. The Brazilian not only suffered his first loss inside the Octagon, he also lost his world title along with any chance at an immediate rematch.

Following their first meeting, there were plenty of fans backing Velasquez for a rematch right away due to the “lucky punch” argument. Velasquez admittedly came into the bout hurt and believed he wasn’t himself. It sure looked that way as Velasquez was very tentative and it allowed dos Santos the opening to land a thundering overhand right.

It was a convincing victory for dos Santos, but as is the case with any quick knockout, the term fluke suddenly pops up in more discussions. Despite the fact that dos Santos has knocked out every opponent he’s faced outside of Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin, fans still believed his victory over Velasquez was nothing more than just a fluke.

Coming into UFC 155, dos Santos looked to dispel that theory but instead found himself standing in front of a buzz saw. Velasquez came out aggressive from the start and even scored a knockdown of the champion in the first five minutes.

The dominance wouldn’t end there as Velasquez continued to push the pace each round en route to a dominant unanimous decision victory against dos Santos. Velasquez kept the pressure on dos Santos throughout the contest and the Brazilian was left with nothing but the hope of a lucky punch ending the night.

But now that Velasquez is champion once more, where does the UFC go from here?

UFC President Dana White seemed against giving dos Santos an immediate rematch and I agree with him. Dos Santos was controlled in every facet of the game from bell to bell. It seemed as if he didn’t respect Velasquez’s striking, as he came out with his hands low and was knocked down after a huge right hand. As the minutes wore on, dos Santos’ face began to swell more and more, yet he kept looking for the lucky punch. That punch never came as Velasquez would either hold him against the cage or take him down.

With no answers for Velasquez’s offense, dos Santos will need to impress in his next outing if he wants to receive a quick rematch. It would be a tough sell for the UFC if dos Santos doesn’t look dominant in his next fight. White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva are likely hoping Alistair Overeem makes it past Antonio Silva at UFC 156 so they can avoid having to make a decision about a rematch.

Overeem had actually already earned a title shot due to his win over Brock Lesnar, but a failed drug test caused him to be placed on suspension. It will be Overeem’s first time in the Octagon since December of 2011, and as long as he makes it past Silva, there should be no doubt about who the No. 1 contender is.

Even though dos Santos will need some time to mend from his injuries and win his next bout, he won’t be removed from the title picture, especially if Velasquez drops the title. Even with Velasquez as champion, dos Santos eventually will get a rematch and a chance to win his belt back. After all, Velasquez got his after winning one bout, and he only lasted 64 seconds the first time out; dos Santos at least made it through 25 minutes of getting his face pounded in.

Photo: Cain Velasquez (L) dismantled Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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Kyle Symes
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Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.