Junior dos Santos (right) lands a punch to send Cain Velasquez to the mat in the first round of their UFC heavyweight title bout on Nov. 12, 2011. Velasquez gets a shot at reclaiming his belt on Saturday night at UFC 155 in Las Vegas after losing it in just 64 seconds. (Zuffa LLC via Getty Images/Files)
UFC heavyweight champion Junior (Cigano) dos Santos doesn’t view his upcoming title defence against Cain Velasquez as a rematch.
“It’s more of a rematch for Cain Velasquez. For me, it’s another fight,” dos Santos said at a press conference Thursday.
“Every fight, I think my next fight is my toughest ever. So I get very well-prepared for all my fights. That’s how I am now. I am 100% ready to go in there and keep my belt.”
It’s hard to argue against dos Santos’ point. When they first clashed over a year ago, he only needed 64 seconds to knock Velasquez out. With the fight behind him, he moved on with his career, shifting his focus to the next challenger.
Conversely, Velasquez spent the last year replaying his mistakes over in his mind. Even when preparing for his May bout against Antonio Silva, the NCAA Division I wrestler still had his sights on dos Santos.