UFC president Dana White was Octagon-side to see Cain Velasquez take back the UFC heavyweight title in impressive fashion over the weekend, defeating Junior dos Santos at UFC 155.
White, who has admitted he likes to lay a bet down here or there, said he would have put “everything I own that this fight would never go five rounds, and I’d be broke right now,” during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. He added, “Good thing I didn’t bet.”
Velasquez nearly had dos Santos finished a number of times, but did not make a sudden rush to halt the champ. Instead, the former wrestling standout stuck to his game plan, taking “Cigano” down at will and making him carry his weight over the course of 25 minutes of action.
“I think that Cain Velasquez could have stopped it in the second round,” said White. “He could have let his hands go in any of those flurries, anywhere from the second to the fifth, and the ref probably would have jumped in. But Cain was fighting the safe fight, he wanted that belt, and it was a great fight.”
Velasquez will likely meet the winner of Alistair Overeem-Antonio Silva in 2013. Those two collide in February at UFC 156.