Velasquez regains heavyweight strap
Velasquez fought hard to earn his heavyweight title back from dos Santos with his wrestling early in the first, but dos Santos' impressive takedown defense proved to much. A stiff overhand strike from Velasquez, however, changed the dynamic of the fight.
Dos Santos crumbled to the ground as Velasquez moved the fight to the mat, and the contest appeared to be nearly over. The champion hung on, though, and made it to the one minute break after the round closed.
In the second, Velasquez displayed more of the same, showing the type of skill set that made him champ before. He worked the fight to the ground again, and dos Santos looked extremely tired, though he did defend an armbar submission attempt nicely.
But Velasquez dominated the remainder of the round, prepared to go to a third. Dos Santos was not nearly as ready for the deep waters.
Dos Santos, with his face battered, attempted to land early in the round, throwing several uppercuts. But Velasquez once again poured on the pressure, dictating the fight at every turn. Dos Santos refused to back off, though, finishing the round with an impressive combination.
His face, however, was a wreck.
Velasquez seemed to notice, starting the fourth round just as he did in the first three, but dos Santos fought back. He turned the challenger into the cage and attempted to take the fight down. When that failed, he separated with a hook, but that only let Velasquez take the fight down.
While dos Santos was able to get back up, Velasquez simply landed on the feet at will and finished the round dominantly.
Entering the final round of the bout, the champion required a knockout in order to retain his title. Velasquez, meanwhile, was five minutes away from gaining back what once was his.
And he would get it.
Though dos Santos attempted to conjure every last ounce of energy in the round, Velasquez kept pushing him into the cage or down to the mat. With no answer, dos Santos walked to his corner after the bell rang, while Velasquez fell to his back, knowing the heavyweight title was once again his, earning a unanimous decision nod.
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