Once again, Cain Velasquez is the UFC Heavyweight Champion
of the world! After loosing his title to Junior Dos Santos in November of 2011, Velasquez was on
a mission to regain it at any cost and on December 29, 2012...that is exactly what he did!
Born July 28, 1982, the Mexican American fighter has a record of 11-1 with the one loss being
against Dos Santos when he lost his title. Out of the 11 wins, 9 have been by Knock Out. Needless
to say, this Brown Belt in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is one tough cookie and in fact has defeated such
greats as Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antonio Silva, Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos.
It was on October 7, 2006 when Velasquez made his MMA debut against Jesse Fujarczyk at
Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello. Winning by TKO in the first round, he then took on Jeremiah
Constant at BodogFight: St. Petersburg and won TKO within four minutes of round one.
His UFC debut would go equally as well. Squaring off against Brad Morris at UFC 83,
Velasquez won by TKO two minutes and ten seconds into the fight.
Cain was on a roll! Again in round one, he took his next contender, Jake O'Brien,
down at UFC Fight Night 14. And again it was via TKO.
Although his next fight with Denis Stojnic at UFC Fight Night 17 went on to round two,
it was stopped short and he was once again the victor. The win earned him Knockout of the Night
honors plus an extra $15,000 making it an even $30,000 racked up for the night.
Cain was certainly proving that he was able! At UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, he showed
even more of what he was made of when he produced a whopping 251 strikes at
former kickboxer and Heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo, winning the fight and bringing his
UFC record to 6 and 0.
After a quick win via TKO over UFC newby Ben Rothwell at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun on
October 24, 2009, Cain entered the ring with former Pride Heavyweight Champion and
former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on February 20, 2010 at
UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia. He was indeed the underdog.
But once again, Cain proved able! It took only two minutes and twenty seconds for him
to knock out the notorious Brazilian. His achievement won him
Knockout of the Night honors and of course, another victory under his belt. But even more
importantly, his performance won him the right to fight the Heavyweight Champ, Brock Lesnar
for the title.
It all took place at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California on October 23, 2010. For the
occaision, UFC President Dana White even brought back UFC Primetime, knowing the
event would be a hot comodity. White was right!
Velasquez wasted no time at all whipping Lesnar who at that time was deemed the "baddest
man on the planet". In just a little over four minutes into the fight, Lesnar was down by
TKO and Cain Velasquez was the UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World!
As a result of the fight, Cain recieved Knockout of the Night honors. He also
recieved a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Although he was predicted to be out of
commission for at
least 6 to 8 months, surgery on the shoulder was a success and he was back in the ring to defend
his title on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
Things would not work out so well for the Heavyweight Champ this time, however.
Early in the first round,
title contender Junior Dos Santos would snatch the belt from him.
Velasquez never made excuses for the loss but later it was discovered
that Dos Santos had a
minor knee injury, and took an injection of cortisone into the knee right before the fight.
It was also later revealed that Velasquez had re-injured his rotator cuff only a week prior to
the fight. In addition to all that, Dos Santos injured his knee once more during the bout
and even had to undergo surgery. It would seem that fight was hard on everyone concerned.
Velasquez determined he would regain the title no matter what it took. What it would take
would be a win over Strikeforce Heavyweight Antonio Silva who was new to the UFC and eager to
The match took place at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir on
May 26, 2012. With eyes on the
prize, Cain wasted no time peppering on the punches, cutting Silva so badly he had to be
checked out by the doctor but was given the green light to continue. Although Silva made a
valiant attempt to hang in, he was a bloody mess after Velasquez laid in some strong lefts.
The fight was stopped three minutes and thirty-six seconds into the first round with Cain
Velasquez the very obvious winner via TKO.
It was on December 29 at
UFC 155 that a much anticipated rematch between Velasquez and the Heavyweight Champion, Dos
Santos took place. It was the last UFC event of the year and a record $3.2 million in ticket
sales was brought in by 12,423 fans who eagerly awaited the
do-over. The fans were not disappointed or at least Cain's fans were not.
For five full rounds, Cain Velasquez outwrestled and laid on powerful stikes. Dos Santos hung
in but that was about all he could do. Via a unanimous decision, Cain regained his title and
became the first fighter in UFC history to score triple digits in significant strikes
landed and doubles in takedowns landed in a single fight. One hundred and eleven
significant strikes were chalked up and eleven takedowns.
THE ROAD BACK: RAISING CAIN
Cain Velasquez uses powerful and very fast punching combinations which generally begin
with a jab and are followed by a hard right straight. Then he often adds hooks and
Kicks are another great weapon Cain executes. His kicks have been said to be the
strongest in the Heavyweight Division, in fact.
As often as he can, Velasquez takes his opponent to the ground
and uses his excellent grappling and wrestling skills to dominant
them with strikes and punches.
Perhaps most importantly is the fact that he maintains exceptional cardiovascular
training which enables him to endure and continue to fight aggressively after his
opponents have run out of juice.
Cardio training can be done lots of different ways like with a Cardio Wavemaster or
even a jump rope. Great fighters know the importance of a good aerobic workout and it shows.
Velasquez is married and has a daughter who was born in 2009. When he was unable to be
home for Christmas due to the Dos Santos rematch, he declared the recaptured title belt to
be his Christmas present to his wife. No doubt that was the greatest gift ever!
Fluent in both English and Spanish, the Heavyweight Champ has been a guest star on
Spanish-language television shows like Telemundo and Univision and was also a
guest on Lopez Tonight hosted by George Lopez.
As you can see in the top photo, Cain wears the Dethrown Royalty brand.
Shirts sporting the Heavyweight Champion's name are very popular right now such as the
Cain Velasquez Affliction T-shirt.
You can bet he has a few UFC 155 Event Shirts as well!
As do all the UFC Fighters, Cain wears UFC Official Fight Gloves in the ring.
WHERE DOES IT GO FROM HERE?
It is rumored that Velasquez might fight Alistair Overeem if he gets through
Antonio Silva and he may also take on the winner of Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo
Nogueira. The only fight he pledged to not have is Velasquez vs. Strikeforce
champion Daniel Cormier. The two are teammates at American Kickboxing Academy and have vowed
fight each other.
What you can be sure of is that if history bears repeating, Velasquez will continue
raising Cain for a long, long time to come!
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