Cain, JDS to meet in trilogy title fight


In boxing, greatness comes from great rivalry.

Without Joe Frazier, Ali never would have been the most famous man in the world. Decades after both had retired, Frazier said of his so diminished rival, “I want to cut him into pieces and send him up to Jesus.” And he meant it. That was a rivalry.

Take Arturo Gatti from Micky Ward, and Mark Wahlberg wouldn't have played "Irish" in "The Fighter" which earned seven Academy Award nominations. Take Tommy Hearns from Ray Leonard, or Sugar from The Hitman, and neither would be one of the truly greats.

Some extraordinary fighters never had that rival, and so never quite reached immortal fame. Oscar de la Hoya will never be confused with Oscar de la Renta, but he never had that great rival that could elevate him to the pugilistic pantheon. Roy Jones Jr may be the greatest talent of the last 50 years, but it never quite came out. When Roy Jones corruptly lost the Olympic gold medal, post fight he said "You saw what God gave me." But we never quite did.

The history of the UFC heavyweight division is a curious one - no champion has ever defended his title three times. In fact, only Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar have defended the title twice.

Lightweight has BJ Penn, Welterweight has GSP and Matt Hughes, Middleweight has Anderson Silva, Light heavyweight has Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Tito Ortiz. But heavyweight has never had a great, division-defining rivalry and champion. It may now.

In an appearance on MMA Junkie Radio following the loss of his title in a rematch with Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos saw the future.

"II won a fight. He won the other one," said JDS. "Now we have to have the third fight, the rematch. I'm sure everybody wants to know who is the real best. For now, he is the best, but I know people will want to see this fight again, and I can't wait."

"For sure, I think we can be like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and all those guys; I really think we can have a lot of fights... My development is getting better every day. I think Cain Velasquez and me are going to have great fights for the fans."

As reported by Kevin Iole, JDS now believes that fighting Cain Velasquez is his defining destiny, and that they will fight five times, or more. #3 is in the works.

Saturday night at UFC 160, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez knocked out Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, and Junior Dos Santos knocked out Mark Hunt with a spin kick to head, setting up a rubber match between the pair, and a path to greatness.

At the UFC 160 post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White announced that Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos would fight in 2013. Although he did not set a date, he indicated it would happen before the promotion's year-end show.

So what do you think UG? Who wins the rematch? And what does it take to be one of the greats?


tags: Cain Velasquez (detail)  Junior dos Santos (detail)  UFC   


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kingkoopa site profile image  

5/27/13 9:09 PM by kingkoopa

Replace joe silva with this guy

Deuce77 site profile image  

5/27/13 8:45 PM by Deuce77

Cain all day.

Immaculata site profile image  

5/27/13 8:43 PM by Immaculata

This is all Overeem's fault, but I more than excited about this Trilogy.

PyleDrive Me, I Love It Baby site profile image  

5/27/13 8:40 PM by PyleDrive Me, I Love It Baby

Damn good point

tcrowl18 site profile image  

5/27/13 5:11 PM by tcrowl18

I seriously love it when people start talking about greatness. Both fighters really make each other better.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

5/27/13 3:33 PM by KingofBJJ

I think it is evident that the UFC continues to rehash the same guys, while neglecting the poole of other guys who keep getting pushed to the side.  Chael at least had to win two fights before he could challenge Silva again.  So far he is the only one to get a second chance. Both Silva and Cain only had to fight once to fight for the title again.  

Yussarian site profile image  

5/27/13 11:37 AM by Yussarian

Agreed as well. A lot of words used to justify yet another rematch. It is not like these guys are going at each other's throats outside the ring. No real trash talk or scuffles at weigh inns. They have respect for each other. So the case for a rematch? Cain was a beast without JDS and vice versa. So to bring up Frazier/Ali or any of the other big boxing rivalries is irrelevant. Like many said, too soon, rushed, boring, I agree with all of that.

PoundforPound site profile image  

5/27/13 11:26 AM by PoundforPound

Is the writer suggesting that Oscar de la Hoya and Roy Jones Jr. never reached immortal fame, but that Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward did?I don't know what to say to that.

Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

5/27/13 11:23 AM by Zed Wayne Zed

Too soon.Sigh, if JDS lost again it kills this rivalry.UFC makes moves that sometimes come off rushed, poorly thought-out and reek of chasing the dollar over building a trilogy fight hype to a fever pitch.

Rambo John J site profile image  

5/27/13 10:13 AM by Rambo John J

Reminds me of when the LW division went full special for a while.The champion fought.BJ PennBJ PennGray MaynardGray MaynardBenson HendoBenson HendoHard to keep people interested in these types of rematches.Save the rematches for undecided epic battles like Shogun vs. Hendo 1.