This is a little bit of a long read, so if you don't want to read it just leave the thread now. I think Cain's stand-up in this fight has proved a lot of people wrong. He can hang with the best stand-up fighters and still catch them hard and change the fight in his favor. Junior was looking good at the start, he was defending TD's but he wasn't getting any good punches off at all. He was doing good with not letting Cain land any great punches or get him to the mat, but he let Cain's gameplan go the way he wanted it to from the very start. Junior is usually the guy who has the center of the cage and pushes the pace and has a good distance from his opponents to use his jab and then get out of range. JDS isn't used to being the guy who is pressured and constantly backing away from his opponent, and he hasn't fought many wrestlers at all on the level of Cain. Junior did a great job at defending TD's though, his TDD is amazing but his gas tank couldn't hold up for the entire fight. Of course, getting caught with good punches very early in the fight changes it as well. Cain wouldn't let Junior set up his strikes like he normally does, Junior rarely stands in the pocket and exchanges, he moves in from a distance and picks his shots and sets it up very, very well with the jab to the head or body, or a straight right to the body then the left hook he caught Gilbert Yvel with. Cain made Junior fight a whole different kind of fight, he isn't normally pressured like this and his opponent isn't always up in his face for more than a couple seconds, Cain was moving forward for 25 minutes and had JDS backing away for most of the fight and Cain cut him off at the fence with TD attempts which also had Junior dropping his hands more than usual which is a perfect way to set up that overhand Cain landed. Going into the 2nd round, Junior's corner told him to double up on the jab and throw the uppercut, but Cain countered it perfectly with a 1-2, then Junior couldn't set Cain up very well with the uppercut and made him punch air. Junior is a very good counter puncher as well, but I don't think he expected Cain to move forward so much and he didn't give JDS many chances to set anything up. This fight may have not looked pretty, like I've seen many call this fight sloppy. Yes, it wasn't crisp combinations from any fighter, but this was the perfect gameplan for Cain to beat Junior Dos Santos and he made Junior work for 25 minutes. He kept the pressure on Junior which he isn't used to, and he drowned him and Cain went on to dominant unanimous decision and Dos Santos didn't have an answer last night. Props to Junior, he showed a lot of heart, he didn't give up at all, he was in this fight until the end. Respect him for that, he showed the heart of a champion and he did his best, he just got outclassed by the better fighter last night. That's all. The rubber match will happen, one day. Until then, I still wouldn't know how to call it, but I would still be backing Cain. If the 3rd match happens, and Junior can't land that big punch again, I would see another win for Cain, but not just that, if Junior's cardio gets better then expect a much more competitive fight from Junior. WAR Cain Velasquez, and WAR Junior Dos Santos. Two of the very best heavyweights in the world.