For Cain Velasquez, beating Junior dos Santos in their rematch last December was for more than earning his title back. The UFC heavyweight champion said he took it to dos Santos for 25 minutes to prove a point.
Basically, Velasquez was on a mission to make JDS pay for beating him in 64 seconds back in their first match-up in November 2011.
In speaking with Yahoo! Sports, Velasquez admitted he held back on submissions because he didn’t want dos Santos to get out of the fight that easily.
“My style of fighting, I’d rather end fights with ground and pound and stuff like that,” Velasquez told Yahoo Sports. “I felt he took something away from me that was mine, and I figured I had to make him pay for that. That’s why I didn’t go for the submission.”
In their very first match-up, Velasquez attempted defending his heavyweight crown against a game challenger in dos Santos at the inaugural UFC on FOX event in 2011. The result of that fight had Velasquez collecting his first loss as a professional fighter and dos Santos bringing the belt back home to Brazil.
In the rematch that took place just over a year later, the tables turned. Not only did Velasquez last more than 64 seconds, but he went the distance, all five rounds, to earn the heavyweight title back. After the fight, JDS’ face looked as though it had gone through the ringer – which it did, courtesy of the Mexican-American product of Arizona State University’s wrestling program.
Velasquez’s teammate and fellow heavyweight, Daniel Cormier, also in speaking with Yahoo! Sports, said if his cohort had submitted dos Santos, the Brazilian fighter would’ve gotten off easy.
“If Cain had submitted him, Junior gets out of that fight,” Cormier said. “Cain beat on him for 25 minutes. You don’t forget a beating like Cain put on him last time, especially in 10 months. It’s only been 10 months, and you just don’t forget that.”