Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will complete their trilogy in just a few months at UFC 166. In a recent interview, JDS’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea stated that Velasquez’s chin is what gives Dos Santos the edge.
“I have no doubt that we will get closer to the knockout as soon as ‘Cigano’ lands one or two punches,” he said in an interview with MMAFighting. “Cain’s ability to take a punch is his weakness, and that’s what we will explore in this fight. Cain is a complete fighter, deserves our respect, but ‘Cigano’ is stronger and more durable. The best way to win this fight is work on the punches, and we know the title is coming back to Brazil.”
According to Dorea, Dos Santos was distracted by his divorce proceedings last time, but their next showdown will be different.
“What happened outside the cage is in the past, we’re sure he will get the win this time,” he said. “We are confident. ‘Cigano’ is a great athlete. In the first fight, ‘Cigano’ knocked him out. In the second fight, he showed he can resist punishment for five rounds. ‘Cigano’ is a well-rounded fighter, he showed he has knockout power and a great chin. We will fight against a great champion, but ‘Cigano’ has learned a lot from that loss.”
Cain Velasquez has defended his heavyweight title once since defeating Dos Santos in 2012. JDS has likewise won once, defeating Mark Hunt with a vicious spinning heel kick at UFC 160.
UFC 166 will take place on October 19 in Houston, Texas. It will air live on PPV.