Nov 12, 2011; Anaheim, CA, USA; Junior Dos Santos has the championship belt placed on by UFC president Dana White after defeating Cain Velasquez (not pictured) by way of knockout after the UFC championship bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
It took Junior Dos Santos just 64 seconds to knockout former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and earn the title during the organization’s debut on FOX. While Dos Santos is hoping for the same result when the two have their rematch in the main event at UFC 155, he is looking to show off a different aspect of his game.
Dos Santos is known for his heavy hands and brilliant boxing, but he is also well-versed on the ground with his jiu jitsu game.
The challenger, Cain Velasquez, is a standout wrestler with relentless take downs, but that could be playing right into the champions plan at the December 29th event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I prefer to fight on my feet,” Dos Santos said on MMAjunkie.com radio. “I prefer to keep it standing because I’m very confident in that area and I believe I can knock anyone out in the world.
“But I’m not going to go to the ground if the guy doesn’t take me down. Cain is a really good wrestler, and he’s got a good chance to take me down. If he takes me down and holds me there, then you guys will see my jiu-jitsu.”
If Velasquez is able to get Dos Santos on the ground, we could be in for an incredible strategic battle on the ground.
“I train a lot of jiu-jitsu, too, and I can tell you I’m ready to submit someone,” he said. “If the fight goes to the ground and I can’t come back to my feet, I’m going to be looking to submit him.”
Whether the fight stays standing or goes to the mat, one thing is for certain… we are in for one heck of a battle when Dos Santos and Velasquez enter the cage for their rematch at UFC 155.