UFC 166    October 19, 2013
Mark Hunt, Junior Dos Santos
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Between every round of the second fight, Junior dos Santos' corner begged him to keep his hands up. He never did. If he's to beat Cain Velasquez this time, he has to defend himself. Leaning back and slipping out of range won't work on Velasquez, who is constantly forward with combinations. Dos Santos needs to move his head, parry punches, counter and circle out. Keeping his hands low helps takedown defense, but whatever. His hips can defend the takedown. His hands need to block punches. Velasquez is more versatile, but Dos Santos is more dangerous -- and he's not so far behind on the ground that you really worry about him being smothered. Move Junior. Counterpunch, move and, seriously, defend yourself.
-- Brett Okamoto


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