cain-velasquez-25.jpgWINNIPEG – The rubber match between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and ex-titleholder Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is expected to take place in October in Houston, likely at UFC 166.

UFC President Dana White today laid out the plans at UFC 161's open workouts in Winnipeg.

Although a date and venue weren’t given for the title fight, it’ll take place in an arena, not a stadium such as Cowboys Stadium. That makes Toyota Center, which hosted UFC 136 in 2011, a strong possibility.

Despite the smaller venue, the pay-per-view event is likely to be a big one for the UFC.

Velasquez is No. 1 and dos Santos No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings. Additionally, Velasquez is No. 8 and dos Santos No. 11 in the pound-for-pound rankings.

The fighters set up the trilogy this past month at UFC 160 when Velasquez stopped Antonio Silva in the headliner and dos Santos knocked out Mark Hunt in the co-headliner. The bout was considered a title eliminator for dos Santos.

Velasquez and dos Santos first met at UFC on FOX 1 in November 2011, when dos Santos stopped Velasquez in just 64 seconds. That was Velasquez’s first defense of the belt after taking it from Brock Lesnar.

In their rematch at UFC 155, though, Velasquez dominated dos Santos for five rounds to win the belt back. His win over Silva marked his first successful title defense.

For the latest on UFC 166, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Cain Velasquez)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

With Cormier and Rockhold, Velasquez has all he needs at AKA for Werdum rematch

  • 28 days ago
  • 47 views

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cain Velasquez is in the heart of a training camp that might wind up being the most important one of his career. He may have all he needs in the form of two key training partners. read news >>

Reader’s Choice 2015 Submission of the Year: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

Knockouts happen. Anyone can be clipped. Decisions are up to the interpretation of the judges. A submission win comes about by literally forcing your opponent to quit. read news >>

UFC 196 Free Fight Video: Cain Velasquez Demolishes Brock Lesnar

  • 23 days ago
  • 34 views

Cain Velasquez captured the UFC heavyweight belt for the first time at UFC 121 when he knocked out Brock Lesnar. read news >>

Video: Watch Cain Velasquez end the Brock Lesnar era in 2010

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

For a two-year period, WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Brock Lesnar ruled the UFC heavyweight division. His reign ended in 2010 at the hands of Cain Velasquez.Filed under: News, UFC, Video read news >>

UFC 196 Free Fight Video: Fabricio Werdum Taps Out Cain Velasquez to Win Heavyweight Title

  • 21 days ago
  • 7 views

The first matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez resulted in Werdum submitted Velasquez in the third round at UFC 188 to earn the heavyweight title. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum wants you to know he fought in the same altitude as Cain Velasquez

  • 20 days ago
  • 50 views

Ahead of his rematch with Cain Velasquez at UFC 196, heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has a question for the media.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 196's Cain Velasquez plans rare third UFC title reign: 'This belt is mine'

  • 19 days ago
  • 50 views

Cain Velasquez is one of six fighters in history to become a two-time UFC champion at one weight class. When it comes to three-time titleholders, the list shrinks to just one.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 Extended Video Preview

  • 19 days ago
  • 101 views

Hear from UFC 196 headliners Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Johny Hendricks, Stephen Thompson and UFC analyst Joe Rogan as they preview the fight card's big fights. read news >>

Cain Velasquez out, Stipe Miocic meets Fabricio Werdum for heavyweight title

  • 18 days ago
  • 1082 views

Injury has dealt Cain Velasquez another blow, as he’s been forced to pull out of UFC 196.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Cain Velasquez apologizes for UFC 196 withdrawal: 'I can't ignore this injury'

  • 18 days ago
  • 172 views

After officially withdrawing from UFC 196 with a back injury, former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez has issued an apology.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>