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The Fight That Won’t Happen: Junior Dos Santos Won’t Get Cain Velasquez (Yet)


No sooner do we get pumped up about Junior Dos Santos’s suggestion that he take on Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight title contender eliminator match than the idea gets shot down from the man at the top. As much as we hate to admit it, Dana White’s reasoning for refusing to make the fight are sound. The UFC knows as well as anyone that injuries, illnesses, and easy movie roles can wreak havoc on the best laid plans, so why take a chance on knocking down an established contender like Velasquez just to give him something to do while he waits for his title shot? It’s sensible, it’s prudent, and it’s somewhat disappointing. Can’t say we didn’t see it coming, though.

So who will Dos Santos get instead while he waits around for the top heavyweights to fight it out? Well, the guy in the crowd who suggested Cheick Kongo is obviously a sick individual who’s trying to get the Frenchman killed, so let’s table that idea right now. Instead, the loser of Shane Carwin-Frank Mir is a very attractive option, or perhaps even Todd Duffee if he posts a win in his next bout.

Or we could get really crazy and match Dos Santos up against the winner of Roy Nelson-Stefan Struve, meaning we either get a rematch between the Dutch beanpole and the guy who gave him a rude welcome to the UFC, or we get “Big Country” vs. “Big Scary Brazilian.” What, too crazy for you guys?

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Walrus- March 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Yea Big Country ftw
Condor20- March 25, 2010 at 8:52 am
Why is everyone doubting big roy, he shouldve beat arlovski, he had him in side control and then got stood up, he gets robbed by decision in his next fight, and all the sudden everyone doesnt think hes a top 10 heavy anymore? I think nelson will dominate struve, and if they give him to dos santos expect to see a clinic on the ground. you heard it here first!
fACE7biter- March 25, 2010 at 7:21 am
I agree with that decision. If both JDS and Velasquez keep winning, its a fight thats going to happen eventually anyway, and it'll be even bigger if its for a title, with both men undefeated in the UFC. No reason that one should stop the others momentum. Loser of Carwin/Mir for JDS is fine with me. I suppose Cain could chill for awhile. Has anyone else noticed that Carwin has had a YEAR OFF between hsi last fight with Gonzaga and his fight with Mir on Saturday? Yeah, Cain cuold definitely wait it out until his title shot.
Bunnington- March 25, 2010 at 7:09 am
Battle Royale for the 1st time ever in the UFC! Maybe surprise attacks too??
shitwhistle- March 25, 2010 at 6:49 am
Thiago Alves out against Jon Fitch this weekend due to brain irregularity. Could be career ending....

Damn... I was looking forward to that fight.
rocejize- March 25, 2010 at 6:44 am
I think loser of Mir/Carwin is perfectly fine. Todd Duffee is borderline, he is too fresh in ufc and has a bright future, build him up some. Mir/Carwin they both highly earned their spot in the top ranks and if one lost they should immediately be given a chance to redeem themselves, imho.
rlh61- March 25, 2010 at 5:59 am
Ha! Antwon McMumbly...great way for me to start the day.
Lysol- March 25, 2010 at 5:44 am
robthom Says:
Thu, 03/25/2010 - 01:02
Its all greek to me.

But too many HW's to keep track of is a good problem to have IMO.

ghostboner- March 25, 2010 at 1:10 am
I think T-roid Duffee could be an interesting match up. I like Cecil's idea of throwing Antwon McMumbly in there with him too. Maybe after Rogers loses to Horsemeatereem he can sign a 2 fight deal and fight Junior. Ok the last one is just getting stupid. But Nelson or Struve? I don't think so. Ben Rothwell maybe.
robthom- March 25, 2010 at 1:02 am
Its all greek to me.

But too many HW's to keep track of is a good problem to have IMO.
fatbellyfrank- March 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm
loser of Carwin/Mir, either that or Velasquez, anything other than that would struggle to attract any interest, other than watching JDS destroy some poor sap for no real gain for anyone.
@2phresh, I do like your idea of a triple threat, and make it a tables ladders and chairs match!
2phresh- March 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm
maybe we can do a triple threat match! Kongo vs Nelson vs Dos Santos
Lysol- March 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm
Perhaps this is why Paul Buentello hasn't been cut yet...
LargeMidget- March 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm
I dont like Junior going up against the winner of Nelson/Struve. Too crazy for me. I don't think Junior would have anything to gain in that fight, but who knows, maybe after it's happened we'll be saying that Struve/Nelson is a legit contender and needs a step up, and Junior would just so happen to be perfect for that role.

I for one am pleased that the UFC heavyweight belt is going to be in serious contention for a long time. That's one division that's guarunteed to be exciting this year.
k-onda- March 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm
I can hear reasonable like everyone else, I got ears. But still, anything other than a JDS-Velasquez just seems like a waste to me. You want ratings or not?
just some dong- March 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Given the circumstances, Kongo makes sense to me. Both he and Dos Santos focus on striking, so the fight should be entertaining... for as long as it lasts. Both have also fought and beat Cro Cop, so the UFC's marketing geniuses can play up that angle (again). And both just fought on the same card without suffering much abuse, so they could face off against each other sooner rather than later.
BigBaldJosh- March 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm
i wonder why DW like to toy with the "maybe Fedor" shit still- not gonna happen.....
cecils_pupils- March 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm
Fine... I'll say it... Mumbles. That is all.
AkilleeZ- March 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Kongo and Nelson are really the only two guys left...but I don't really want to see either of those.

Perhaps they will just wait until after all those fights play out and then make a decision. I feel like that is the intelligent decision. He could fight the loser of Mir vs Carwin.
LET IT RAIN- March 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm
what?! JDS would punch Roy in the gut and make him Big Explosion.
robthom- March 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Without badguys we'd never be able to calculate and adjust a moral compass.

(Just ask the Glennster Beckster)
El Guapo- March 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Thank you, thank you. You're too kind. But it was a fairly easy call on my part. You see, any time a fight makes perfect sense, Dana will shoot it down like Frank Mir shoots bad guys... With a quickness!
robthom- March 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm
Santos is probably a better prospect than Cain in the physical world....

But Cain is a better prospect as far as promotion with a billion mexicans walkin the earth!
JCVD as Timecop- March 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Oh. God. I would love to see Roy Nelson get fucked. Pleaseohpleaseohplease. I think Dana hates him enough to do it, too.