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Old 06-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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JDS Initially A Slight Favorite In Cain Velasquez Rematch

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Jun 8, 2012 - Despite smashing through every opponent placed in front of him in the UFC octagon and crushing Cain Velasquez in their first meeting, Junior dos Santos is only considered a slight favorite to win the rematch between them.

In the first line released on the fight, noted oddsmaker Nick Kalikas installed the reigning UFC heavyweight champion as a -150 favorite over the ex-champ, who is a +120 underdog.

dos Santos (15-1) was also considered a slight favorite in the opening line of their first fight, though just barely, at -125 to Velasquez's -105.

The Brazilian striking phenom has yet to lose a round in the UFC, winning all nine of his fights, including six by KO or TKO. In his most recent, of course, he finished Frank Mir due to strikes in the main event of UFC 146, marking his first title defense after beating Velasquez last November.

dos Santos has been favored for every fight in his UFC career except for his debut, when he came in as an unknown and starched Fabricio Werdum in just 81 seconds.

Velasquez (10-1) also looked outstanding at UFC 146, mauling Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a first-round TKO that took just 3:36. It was a quality rebound win for him after losing for the first time in his career, but notably, he also looked healthy. In the fight against dos Santos, he was fighting after a 13-month layoff due to shoulder surgery and was also said to have a knee problem.

The fight against Silva looked like vintage Velasquez, aggressive and powerful in looking for the early finish, a development that should bode well for any chance of regaining the heavyweight championship.

No date has yet been set for the anticipated rematch.
I guess JDS was slight favorite the first time because Cain was coming off injury. So now Cain is healthy, the fact he lost to Dos Santos only one fight ago doesn't make him a big underdog.

I know the first fight was quick and Cain had a rough time going into it, but JDS was injured too and I think he should be a considerable favorite in the rematch.

http://www.mmafighting.com/ufc/2012/...cain-velasquez
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't wait for this rematch. Seems like the only real challenge for Junior ATM.
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I got JDS winning this rematch, not as quickly and maybe not even by stoppage again, but he will win.
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Didn't Cain shoot on Junior in the first fight and Junior stuff it?

I can't remember, either way Cain looked like a man on a mission against Bigfoot, but that was Bigfoot, not Junior. I still think Junior puts him out, just not as quickly and Cain is stuck as the only guy who has a decent shot of beating Junior is Cormier.
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Didn't Cain shoot on Junior in the first fight and Junior stuff it?

I can't remember, either way Cain looked like a man on a mission against Bigfoot, but that was Bigfoot, not Junior. I still think Junior puts him out, just not as quickly and Cain is stuck as the only guy who has a decent shot of beating Junior is Cormier.
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I think JDS has reached that level of take down defense, where it's just not energy efficient to try to take him down. Keep training that TDD and boxing and I see him taking this fight every time. It'll be interesting because I'm sure Cain will be more cautious this time around. JDS just has such a confrontational style of striking where I'm not sure caution will help Cain last much longer than a few rounds.
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Didn't Cain shoot on Junior in the first fight and Junior stuff it?

I can't remember, either way Cain looked like a man on a mission against Bigfoot, but that was Bigfoot, not Junior. I still think Junior puts him out, just not as quickly and Cain is stuck as the only guy who has a decent shot of beating Junior is Cormier.
Yeah JDS threw a kick, Cain caught it or dove on it and Junior just let him follow the leg in then pivoted to the side, made it look easy.

Cain learnt from that, when he caught Bigfoot's kick he was much more explosive and employed more techniques to guarantee the takedown. Bigfoot is not JDS though and good as Cain may look going into the fight, it's all bad memories when they get in the cage.
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I guess JDS was slight favorite the first time because Cain was coming off injury. So now Cain is healthy, the fact he lost to Dos Santos only one fight ago doesn't make him a big underdog.

I know the first fight was quick and Cain had a rough time going into it, but JDS was injured too and I think he should be a considerable favorite in the rematch.

http://www.mmafighting.com/ufc/2012/...cain-velasquez
JDS was very injured in the first match. He went in with a torn up knee that needed surgery.
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JDS will win again easily and in the first round.

Cain is a good fighter, but currently his level is below JDS whom has the best HW performance in the UFC history.

Tell me when was the last time the UFC had a fighter with the title such as JDS?!?!?!??!
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