UFC 155 Results: Is a Healthy Cain Velasquez unstoppable?

CREDIT: usatoday.com

CREDIT: usatoday.com

Cain Velasquez looked sensational in his UFC 155 title bid against Brazilian striking specialist Junior “Cigano” dos Santos.

For 25 minutes, Velasquez battered and overwhelmed dos Santos with a perfect blend of wrestling and striking, and “Cigano” had no answers and no chance at victory.

Cain was fast.

He was strong.

He was prepared.

He was…unstoppable?

Hold on there, sports fan.

Cain Velasquez was everything one could want in an elite fighter at UFC 155, and he definitively earned his champion status.

That said, there are several factors at play that prevent me from bestowing the “unstoppable” label upon the American Kickboxing Academy standout.

First off, he is in the wrong sport to be considered “unstoppable.”

Knee injury or no knee injury, his 64-second loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC on Fox I was indicative of what can happen at any point inside the Octagon. Even if Velasquez had two bionic, titanium-enforced knees in this bout, he still has a chin, and fists have a way of finding chins inside the cage.

Secondly, if any MMA fighter can be considered unstoppable, it shouldn’t be a heavyweight. This is the division where fighters are the most “stoppable,” and the division is full of one-shot knockout specialists.

Guys like Frank Mir and Fabricio Werdum, who aren’t known for their striking power (but certainly pack a punch), are Brazilian jiu-jitsu experts and among the best in the sport at snagging chokes and destroying limbs.

In my eyes, calling any mixed martial artist unstoppable is a stretch, but when we’re talking heavyweights, it’s downright absurd.

Another factor not in Cain’s favor is the increasing depth of the heavyweight division.

It’s not like Cain is the MMA equivalent of LeBron James and just defeated Kevin Durant in a game of one-on-one, and now has to only face a handful of BrianScalabrines to close out his career. He has Kobe coming for him. Dwight Howard is on the horizon, as is Carmelo Anthony. Oh, and the Kevin Durant he just beat? He’ll be back.

The top 10 of the heavyweight division is incredibly volatile, and nobody can hold the belt because of these factors.

One punch can, and does, change everything, especially when 250-pound behemoths are slinging the leather.

Put simply, Cain Velasquez was almost perfect against Junior dos Santos at UFC 155, but he is still far from unstoppable. There are too many factors at work to dispel this notion, and the odds of him winning out in his MMA career are painfully slim.

Velasquez is seemingly perfect, but so was the Titanic. Hell, so was Junior dos Santos just before him.

And we all saw how that worked out.

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UFC: Wanderlei Silva moving to light heavyweight is a terrible idea

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Why, Wanderlei? Why?!

Everyone’s favorite mixed martial artist, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, recently announced his plans to return to action in 2013 and compete in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Let’s get one thing out of the way early: Chael Sonnen is a grade-A nutjob, but he speaks the truth to a degree. Sure, his mouth gets out of control and breaks its leash from time to time (OK, all the time), but when he talks about Wanderlei Silva, he is pretty accurate.

Silva is past his prime. He is old, and he is not a contender in any division at this stage in his career.

Frankly, Silva has not been a contender since coming into the UFC in December 2007.

Since his debut loss to Chuck Liddell, “The Axe Murderer” is an abysmal 3-4 inside the Octagon, and his wins have been over Keith Jardine (a perfect matchup for him), Michael Bisping (in a hotly contested decision) and Cung Le (we knew somebody was going down).

He has been brutally knocked out in two of his losses, and he has been dropped and stunned in his wins. Put plainly, our pal Wandy just can’t take a punch anymore.

Moving to light heavyweight is going to exaggerate this problem, and I fear for Silva’s safety against the top 205-pounders of today.

Vitor Belfort makes sense for a first fight at light heavyweight, but that is a terrible, terrible matchup for Wandy. Vitor is fast, he is strong and he will undoubtedly leave Silva face down on the canvas inside the first round.

Look, guys don’t hit less hard as they get bigger and heavier. That’s just physics. Wanderlei’s chin is awful at middleweight, and it will be exposed even worse at light heavyweight.

Unfortunately for him, he will never realize this, and he will not care. Silva just wants to brawl, and he wants to put on good fights for his fans and supporters.

God bless him for that, but this mentality is just not the game he needs to be playing at this stage in his career. Sure it’s fun for us, but is it worth it?

His mental health is on life support as it is at middleweight, and moving up to light heavyweight will be like removing the feeding tube.

Wandy, we love you, and we always will, but understand what you’re doing and take your health into consideration.

Nobody wants to see you get hurt.

Caged Fury 19 canceled, future unsure

Another day, another canceled MMA event.

Just weeks after the UFC announced its first canceled card in promotional history, regional MMA promotion the NAAFS has canceled its Caged Fury 19 card, which was slated for Sept. 15 at the Morgantown Event Center.

If current information is any indication, details concerning the cancellation are going to get juicy.

For the full story to this moment, check out coverage from our friends at StandThemUp.

Be sure to check back, as I will provide updates on the situation as they come in.