Cain Velasquez knows fighters change their styles as they progress.
Velasquez has done that, and the UFC heavyweight champion expects the same from his challenger this Saturday at UFC 166, Junior dos Santos.
The two will meet for a third time in Houston, with both holding wins over the other. Each time, the belt has changed hands.
“I’m expecting different stuff from him,” said Velasquez, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “Our game plan is the same; I have to do the same stuff I did in the last fight.
“I have to keep fighting forward and looking for takedowns. I’ve improved from the last fight. I looked at the last fight and I’ve worked on some things.”
While “Cigano” scored the knockout finish, Velasquez claimed his win over the Brazilian via decision. He has his fair share of stoppage wins, but never goes in looking for just that.
“I go into every fight thinking it’ll be a hard five rounds back and forth,” he said. “(I’m) never thinking knockout or submission. If it comes, then I’ll take it.”