Velasquez passed on submitting JDS to prove point

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Junior Dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez in the first round the first tie they met. Velasquez beat up Dos Santos for five rounds in the second match, however Velasquez believes he could have submitted him, but just didn’t want to:

From the earlier moments of that bout, it was clear that Velasquez on that night was the far better man.

Velasquez had several opportunities to end dos Santos’ night early by grabbing a submission. Velasquez, though, eschewed the numerous submission opportunities that presented themselves during the fight.

This was no accident. Velasquez is an accomplished jiu-jitsu player and was recently awarded his black belt. He’ll fight dos Santos for the third time Saturday in the main event of UFC 166 with the heavyweight belt again at stake in Houston’s Toyota Center.

Velasquez, who had lost his title to dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1 on Nov. 12, 2011, made a conscious effort to skip the submission the last time out as a way of making a brutal and painful point.

“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.”

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