Junior dos Santos knows all about Cain Velasquez's decorated wrestling background and legendary stamina, but he thinks his technical boxing will be the difference in making it a short night for the reigning UFC heavyweight champ.
JDS began working with famed Brazilian boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea back in 2006. He quickly transitioned from being a guy who relied on his jiu-jitsu to one who could overwhelm opponents with good footwork, hand speed and power punching. Dos Santos said that combination will prevent the fight from going the full five rounds.
"No, no ... for sure no. I'm going to finish this fight before that. I want to finish," Dos Santos told the media gathered at the UFC on Fox workout day in Rosemead, Ca. "Heavyweight fights, when they go five rounds they're boring fights. I know Cain Velasquez is very fast. He's a different heavyweight. Me too, I'm very fast for the division too. For sure, it's going to be a war. I think it's going to finish before the third round."
Dos Santos has also worked a lot with Acelino "Popo" Freitas, a world champ at both 130 and 135 pounds. The Brazilian stopped fighting in 2007 with 38-2 record that included 36 KO's. Dos Santos' camp also covered the wrestling aspect of the fight by bringing in a huge wrestler to simulate Velasquez's hard-charging style. Josh Janousek, a squatty, fast wrestler in the mold of Velasquez has been working with JDS and Antonio Nogueira since the beginning of the year.