Their first fight was a seminal moment in UFC history, even if the moment only lasted 64 seconds.
A year after Junior Dos Santos stopped Cain Velasquez and took away his heavyweight title belt with one enormous punch to the head, both fighters figure their rematch tonight at UFC 155 in Las Vegas will be longer, more taxing and more decisive in determining mixed martial arts' best big man.
In that time, I was the winner because I was a little bit better than him, Dos Santos said. I just enjoy a good moment. You never know what's going to happen, especially in the heavyweight division. There's too much power involved. If the punch lands, you're going to feel it.
Indeed, Dos Santos (15-1) abruptly dropped the previously unbeaten Velasquez with one equilibrium-destroying punch to the head in November 2011, putting an early end to the UFC's landmark debut fight on network television. After beating Frank Mir earlier this year, Dos Santos will attempt his second defense when he takes on Velasquez in the main event of the UFC's traditional year-end event in its hometown at the MGM Grand Garden.