UFC 155: Pro MMA fighters overwhelmingly picking dos Santos to beat Velasquez again


More than 60% of 36 professional mixed martial artists who have gone on the record with a prediction for the UFC 155 Heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez are picking dos Santos to retain his title.

The oddsmakers are favoring UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to beat Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 and so are most of the pro MMA fighters who have publicly made a pick in the fight. Dos Santos KO'd Velasquez in just over a minute to take the title last November at UFC on Fox 1.

Sherdog polled over 30 fighters and MMA Mania compiled the picks of another 8 and more than 60% are sticking with Dos Santos.

Here's how it broke down:

Dos Santos: Ricardo Liborio, Jason Dent, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Keith Barry, Dave Jansen, Ramsey Nijem, Tom DeBlass, Myles Jury, Caros Fodor, Igor Araujo, Steven Siler, Travis Lutter, Mark Bocek, Eric Prindle, Darren Elkins, T.J. Waldburger, Max Holloway, Michael Chiesa, Roy Nelson, Shane del Rosario, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Ed Herman,

Velasquez: Jeremy Stephens, Jeff Hougland, Mitch Clarke, Jason High, Cung Le, Robert Drysdale, Travis Wiuff, Colton Smith, Johny Hendricks, J.J. Ambrose, Matt Mitrione, Alistair Overeem

Pros Picking dos Santos: 22

Pros Picking Velasquez: 13

Roy Nelson claims to have been the first one on the JDS bandwagon last year, via YouTube:

"I think I was the only one who gave Junior a chance to actually finish that fight...I still got Junior.Just because, he hits hard and if anything he's got five rounds tp knock Cain's block off. If Cain does the same thing he did last time, it's not gonna be a good thing. I thin Cain has to just change his game-plan up and actually go out there and execute good, solid grappling match game-plan, then he'll be okay. As long as you're tying him up, he can't punch you."

But there is a vocal minority of fighters who are picking Velasquez. Here's Matt Mitrione making the case for Cain via MMA30:

"I think Cain will win that fight. I think Dos Santos is a phenomenal striker. I think Cain's motivated. I think he's an exceptional wrestler nobody has chain wrestling like him, or cardio. I think he can stay on Dos Santos' legs, shot, shot, re-shot, re-shot. Do everything else to get Dos Santos' back and I think that Cain's got phenomenal top control. Even if Dos Santos gets back up. I think Cain will just re-shoot on him, once again. I think it will be a wrestling match."

Of course there's always the savvy veterans like Randy Couture who have learned to not come out and make a definitive pick via UFC.com:

The rematch is gonna be interesting, I think you'll see Cain back at the top of his game and sharp it was a question with the shoulder issues he had. Coming back and fighting a guy the caliber of Dos Santos. he was just sitting there waiting and obviously hungry. Cain certainly wants his belt back so i think maybe we'll see a little bit tighter Dos Santos than we've seen in the past. but it will be an interesting rematch, for sure. I expect to see a lot more wrestling out of Velasquez, to deal with the punching and striking abilities of Junior dos Santos."

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