Much aggressive, much aggressive. Velasquez is a guy who has great conditioning, so he’s a guy I want to go for the knockout or the submission. I can’t give him time or space to work on what he likes, the takedowns and doing the ground and pound game… I train Wrestling a lot, I like training takedown defenses, and I consider myself good while defending takedown attempts. So, that’s why I feel pretty much comfortable when the guys try to take me down, I feel comfortable, cool with it… Velasquez is much faster and effective on his game, more technical. Velasquez is the number one on the heavyweight division, and it’ll be my greatest challenge ever.
— Junior dos Santos telling Tatame he’ll be much more aggressive against Cain Velasquez than he was against Shane Carwin
I think we’ll know pretty early on who’s going to win this fight between the two top ranked heavyweights in the division. Velasquez’s striking has come a long way, but I still think he’s going to be a step behind dos Santos on the feet which leads me to believe Cain’s wrestling and JDS’ ability to shut it down will be the deciding factor. If Velasquez can take him down and hold him there perhaps using JDS’ aggression against him, it will be his fight to lose (unless JDS has an incredible guard that we haven’t seen yet), but if JDS can stuff his takedowns or at least scramble back to his feet shortly after hitting the mat, there’s a good chance we’re going to have a new champion.
Either way, it should be a helluva fight.
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