UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defended his title against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 160 on Saturday. On the same card, former titleholder Junior dos Santos knocked out Mark Hunt in the co-main event to solidify a third fight with Velasquez.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement during the UFC 160 post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas following the event.
“It’s a no-brainer. If ever there was a trilogy, that’s it right there,” said White.
dos Santos and Velasquez first met in the first UFC fight ever televised on the Fox network on Nov. 12, 2011. dos Santos knocked out Velasquez just over a minute into the bout.
Velasquez avenged the loss in one-sided fashion and recaptured the title at UFC 155.
“If you look at the way both fights went. Junior destroys him in the first fight. Cain destroys him in the second fight. I can’t wait to see the third fight,” said the UFC president. “They both looked awesome tonight. They’re the two best heavyweights in the world and that’s the fight.
“When you talk about a trilogy between two heavyweights, this is a trilogy.”
Velasquez welcomed the trilogy with dos Santos.
“That fight makes sense, so definitely,” said the champion. “I’m all up for that fight.”