"Cain entered with a very certain strategy, secure, and with a very strong mental game. I never imagined that this fight would reach five rounds. I believed that Cigano was going to get a punch in because Velasquez was going forward, but he was impressive because he took him down and pounded on the top. It was an impressive presentation of the Mexican. Overall it was very clever. Cigano failed in Jiu-Jitsu, but this is a difficulty for many athletes in MMA. They have difficulty staying on the ground below. Everybody get's up and gives their back, don't have confidence to pull a guard, grab an arm, they only think of getting up. But Cain put a strong pace and managed to hit Cigano in the first round. Losing is part of the game, it's normal. Everyone will talk about this or that, but Cigano is a guy who trains hard and showed it yesterday because he continued there for five rounds. It is very difficult to keep momentum up that way for five rounds. People are going to speak that he did not train hard, but we know the dedication of Cigano. He will learn a lot from this defeat. He was undefeated in the UFC, will do what all champions do, go back and study and seek again the goal." - Fabricio Werdum via Tatame
Werdum was quick to point out dos Santos' strategy of getting up every time he was put on his back instead of using his jiu-jitsu skills.
Weeks before the much anticipated rematch, dos Santos was given his jiu-jitsu black belt by master Yuri Carlton, but was content to keep the fight standing throughout the five-round affair, despite being outstruck by the former champion standing and being put on his back numerous times.
At the conclusion of the fifth round, ringside judges gave Velasquez a dominant unanimous decision victory over the former champion who was outclassed from the get go.