Standing over six feet tall and weighing 244 pounds, Cain Velasquez is a tough guy to dwarf. But the immense Brock Lesnar did just that before their prime time UFC title fight Saturday. Get the full story, and see photos and video below!
Proving size isn’t everything, Velasquez withstood a blistering barrage from the big man at the beginning of the round, and finished him in the fourth minute. With the win, Cain became the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion in either MMA or Boxing.
Capping a fight-night full of intense bouts, Brock Lesnar looked determined to keep up the pace. As soon as the bell sounded, the big man wasted no time in taking the fight to Velasquez. Both men All-American wrestlers, Cain put up an impressive defense against the usually dominant champion.
“We knew his game plan going in, and it kind of did surprise me how hard he came forward,” he said. “I froze. I wasn’t as relaxed as I should have been, but after that takedown he got on me, that’s when I was able to say, ‘Relax, relax.’”
Immediately escaping from an early take-down, Cain matched the big man punch for punch, and turned the tide with a devastating knee. With Brock on his heels, Velasquez’s relentless pursuit left the champ bloodied and disoriented and forced referee Herb Dean to call an end to the bout with 40 seconds left in the first round.
“When he starts getting hit is when his hands start to fall apart,” UFC president Dana White said of the former champ. “It’s not a matter of working on his hands enough. It’s a different ballgame when you’re getting punched in the face.”
The usually subdued Velasquez showed his joy from the win by lifting his hands in the center of the ring. However, he was quick to assure his fans that the title wouldn’t change his work ethic.
“It was a sweet feeling,” Velasquez said. “All the work I put in was for that moment. I pictured it playing out that way. It was the best ending I could think of, as far as the whole story, but I’ve got to keep getting better and look out for whoever is coming.”
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