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UFC Primetime Velasquez-Dos Santos episode 1 recap

Cain Velasquez grapples with Junior dos Santos during

Cain Velasquez grapples with Junior dos Santos during their UFC 155 heavyweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Velasquez won with a unanimous decision. (Dec. 29, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Because there isn’t enough running commentary on the Internet, here’s mine from a viewing of the first episode of "UFC Primetime" with Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos in the build-up to UFC 166 on Oct. 19.

— Still can’t understand how Dos Santos didn’t collapse at some point during the second fight.

— You can never have enough shots of fighters driving in their cars and SUVs. (Note: you very much can have enough of that.)

— Mayweather-Canelo weigh-in footage was somewhat surprising. But there’s a connection beyond the obvious boxing vs. MMA nonsense. Canelo Alvarez is a popular Mexican boxer, and Velasquez was the first Mexican heavyweight champion in combat sports history.

— Can’t wait to watch the Phantom Cam highlights after these two monsters throw their meathooks at each other’s large bodies.

— Good lord, Dos Santos’ wingspan covers his entire couch. Could be a smaller couch, though, but I won’t tell him that.

— “I’m the better fighter.”

— “No, I’m the better fighter.”

— “I’m going to knock him out.”

— “No, I’m going to knock him out.”

— Never underestimate a good musical score to make documentary-type coverage look better than it really is.

— I guess Dos Santos waived his HIPPA rights to allow that footage of bloodwork in the lab. Or is that the GOP’s worst nightmare come true in affordable health care?

— Dos Santos shown doing more sport-science style training. Can’t help but think “Brazilian Ivan Drago.”

— Here comes the Velasquez segment. How long until we get a Jon Jones reference from Daniel Cormier?

— Is this a Daniel Cormier Primetime episode?

— Velasquez vs. Cormier sparring looks mad intense.

— Nice quote from Cormier after visiting Joey Supnet, a teen boy in the hospital struggling to walk again after an accident: “These people fight on a different level than we fight, and to be a part of it is always great.

— Says Dos Santos: “You’re a pacifighter.” Ha!

— Dos Santos is a large, large man.

— Dos Santos on Velasquez’s power: “He hits like a girl.” That’s not particularly nice, on several levels.
 

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