Velasquez's takedowns versus Werdum's ability to submit an opponent at any moment is a nice contrast that could make for an interesting fight. He's improved, yes—from a guy who was cut from UFC a few years ago.
Stylistic differences can so often play a bigger difference than anyone even gives credit, but this is still going to be like throwing Macklemore into a rap battle with Eminem.
For the people that were watching the fight, I was looking worse than I really was, you know?
Those fights were pretty hard for me, but I’m learning with everything.
With Velasquez as champion, "Cigano" would hardly get a title shot anytime soon, but the scenario changed when Fabricio Werdum captured the gold in 2015.
A rough loss to Alistair Overeem, a year after a hard-fought decision victory over Stipe Miocic, put the Brazilian down in the rankings one more time, and questions about his health became common.
"Yes, there were some tough fights for me," dos Santos told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
"I took a lot of damage, but I get swollen very easy and I get cut very easy too.This one now, with Alistair Overeem, was something very, very strange for me.That’s hard, that’s really hard part of the game." "(I will fight) as long as I can, you know? "I know I’m not showing for everybody everything that I got to show, so I’m working on these things.Referee Herb Dean looked on the verge of stopping the fight multiple times, especially in the third round. We trained hard in camp and prepared for everything. It also gave him a 2-1 series advantage in his trilogy with dos Santos, which began when Cigano shockingly knocked out Velasquez at UFC on Fox on Nov. That KO was a career-defining moment for dos Santos.Velasquez landed a flurry of punches in that round, one knocking dos Santos square to the ground and leading to a series of strikes on the ground. The 29-year-old Brazilian fighter reached an unexpected height in popularity with that win, and he's still unquestionably one of the best heavyweights in the sport.Velasquez has reached that rarefied air in pugilism, where his competition is not the man staring him in the face but other fighters outside his weight class. I like Jose Aldo as much as the next guy; I'm only discussing those who I'd set my house ablaze if they lost: the rare place in the sport that Anderson Silva started—until right about the time Chris Weidman stopped it.