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UFC 155: Velasquez defeats dos Santos

Challenger Cain Velasquez proved Junior dos Santos fans wrong at UFC 155 with a smothering attack that would have made Randy Couture proud. In 1997, Couture---a Greco Roman wrestler and former army boxer---stunned UFC fans by defeating feared striker and BJJ black belt Vitor Belfort, whom many thought was on a fast track to the title, with a similar attack that effectively suffocated  Belfort’s formidable striking skills.

Velasquez took JdS down early but couldn’t keep him down, though that didn’t stop him from doing it over and over. He stunned the Brazilian early with a right hand that floored him. The steady, measured, patient attack, which seems to sap Cain of little energy, had dos Santos weary by the end of the first.

Dos Santos hung in the fight, taking it the distance and giving him a punchers chance, but his gas tank was empty, and none of his shots had the power he’s known for, nor did they seem to faze Velasquez at all.

They say a black belt becomes a blue belt with one, solid punch, and in this fashion Cain removed dos Santos’s superior boxing by draining his gas tank. No gas, no game.

This sets up a stellar trilogy match. Velasquez did exactly what he said he would do in the rematch. We will have to wait and see if dos Santos can regroup as effectively as Cain did from his loss to dos Santos last year.

No HW has defended a title three straight times.

Lightweights

In a 155 pound match, Jim Miller defeated Joe Lauzon in the fight of the night. Miller came out blazing, looking crisp, polished and fearsome. Lauzon suffered some gruesome cuts early that had the referee calling in the ring doctor. Lauzon can take it.

The fight ended with Lauzon attempting leg submissions that had fans in the bar and in the stadium in Las Vegas on their feet, but the bath of blood made the fighters slick and prevented Lauzon from sinking it.

Lauzon now has 12 post-fight bonuses in his UFC career, and proved tonight why the UFC and fans love him. Miller showed his signature toughness with vastly improved stand up and tenaciousness. Already fans are gabbing about him fighting champion Benson Henderson sooner rather than later.

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