After weeks of hype, the highly anticipated first UFC on Fox 1 main-event ended in just over a minute. Junior Dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez to win the UFC heavyweight championship in quite possibly the most watched fight in UFC history.
It was almost like a replay from the fight in which Cain Velasquez won the UFC heavyweight title, but this time it was Velasquez out cold shortly after the bell rung. The fight started off with Velasquez connecting on Dos Santos with leg kicks. He went for a takedown that was blocked. Junior found a powerful overhand right to the champ’s head which put him down. Dos Santos swarmed in for the with shots and the fight was stopped at 1:04 of Round 1 in Dos Santos’ favor.
For Junior Dos Santos, his next fight will be with the winner of the upcoming Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar UFC 141 fight. Either fighter would be a huge money match against the new champion. The fight takes place in a few weeks so my guess is that we would be looking at a March championship defense for Dos Santos.
Can Brock Lesnar beat Junior Dos Santos? I certainly think he has a much better chance of beating JDS for the title than winning a rematch against a healthy Cain Velasquez. If Lesnar can withstand an early storm by the champion, he could take advantage of a tired Dos Santos on the ground in the deeper rounds. Dos Santos slowed down in the later rounds against Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin. I am not convinced he could go the distance in a five rounder. On the other hand, Lesnar doesn’t like to hit and if Dos Santos can get in there early like tonight, we could see a repeat of his championship win when he fights the former WWE champion.
Can Alistair Overeem beat Junior Dos Santos? It would be a completely different fight than the one described above. I believe that Overeem is the best striker in the UFC heavyweight division. Dos Santos would have to rely on his ground game to beat Overeem, yet Dos Santos prefers to stand. I think these guys have a standup fight ten times and each guy would win five. It really comes down to a lucky strike when you talk about such heavy hitters. While Lesnar chasing the title is the bigger money fight, I think Overeem vs. Dos Santos would be the more exciting fight.
Overall it was an interesting experience seeing the UFC on Fox. The pre-fight production pieces on the fighters were fantastic. Brock Lesnar appeared to be a natural as an analyst appearing calm and charming. Dana White was a bit rough around the edges, talking a little bit too fast at times. I also think the arena sound was better produced as you could hear the crowd come through during the fight more so than I can remember for similar UFC fights. I liked it, but they did leave little room for post-fight analysis if the fight went five rounds.
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