I had only watched the 5-round domination of Velasquez vs JDS II once. I wanted JDS to win, so I was left with a rather disappointing realization: Cain is quite clearly the more complete fighter and will probably finish Junior in their third fight.
It just felt like Cain would never "allow" JDS enough time or space to set up his famous power strikes.
After watching the 2 Primetime episodes (needless to say they left me super pumped for their next fight) I watched Velasquez vs JDS II again - more emotionally detached, and more importantly, without Rogan's constant praising of Cain and phrases like "this is the reeeeal Cain Velasquez that we shooooould've seen in the first fight".
I have to admit, very honestly, that I too, like many others, dismissed JDS too easily. I was fooled: my attention, when viewing the fight live, was completely taken by the aspect of Cain 'dominating' the 5 rounds and JDS looking like Sloth from Goonies.
However, I want to say this: gotta really give it up to JDS for trying to finish the fight until the end. He wasn't just surviving - he was also sniping and actually did land a few significant punches. At the time though, all I could notice was how badly JDS was gassed and how dominant Cain was.
I don't believe Junior is making excuses when saying he had 'overtrained' - today, I give JDS much more credit than before, and though I was convinced Cain would easily win their next fight - I now have no idea how it will go.
And that's why I can't f**ing wait for their 3rd fight