Jesse Holland thinks so:
Striking while the iron is hot has never been one of the UFC's strong suits, but if you look at the statistics, a Velasquez vs. Dos Santos bout for the right to be called number one contender makes perfect sense.
And perfect timing.
In six fights under the Zuffa umbrella, Cain Velasquez has competed against opposition with a combined 105-29 record. His top three opponents were Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ben Rothwell and Cheick Kongo.
In five fights, also with Zuffa, Junior dos Santos has competed against opposition with a combined 105-33 record. His top three opponents were Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga.
After what each combatant has accomplished, it's safe to say that outside of each other, any other heavyweight would be a step down in competition. If it's truly about putting on the best fights, then why have either fighter risk their spot in line against a lesser opponent?
Or even worse, why have Cain Velasquez sit on the sidelines until the end of the year?
It's hard for me to argue with Holland here. The most persuasive counter argument I've heard is that they need both Velasquez and Dos Santos for title fights with (presumably) Brock Lesnar. If Lesnar were fighting three times a year, I would agree. But at his current annual title fight pace, it's not fair to the fighters or the fans to keep Cain and Junior on the shelf.
The loser of a Dos Santos vs Velasquez fight would be no more than two or three fights away from a title shot of his own if he can string together the wins.