Power Rankings: Pound-for-pound
Monday, Dec. 31
Cain Velasquez made the most of his "mulligan" -- a term Josh Gross used to describe his rematch with Junior dos Santos. What did he do? He came forward. He roughhoused. He dirty boxed. He shot for double legs, single legs, any legs. He used the full allotment of his gas tank. And when it came down to it, against expectation, he threw a big leather right and dropped dos Santos in the first round, a pivotal moment that set the pace for the rest of the fight. It was an incredible performance by both men, but it carried a particular feeling of redemption for the now two-time champion Velasquez. If nothing else it proved that the first fight was, if not a fluke, at least a little bit aberrational. Velasquez returns to this week's pound-for-pound Power Rankings for the first time in more than a year.