Cain Velasquez is the kind of the fighter that you want to take down immediately. But that would be close to impossible since he’s freakin’ fast for his size and once you see that fist coming right into your face, you know you’re beat.
Here are some Fighter Facts about Cain Velasquez
- 2 time UFC Heavyweight Champion
- Ranked No. 1 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog,
- He has fought 14 matches, won 13 of those and lost only 1
- Cain Velasquez won 11 of his 13 matches via knockout
Velasquez’s record is impressive. He made his UFC debut against Brad Morris in UFC 83 and won by TKO. Then, he faced Jake O’Brien and delivered a TKO in round one as well. In UFC Fight Night 17, he delivered another TKO when he faced Denis Stojnic
He was supposed to fight Shane Corwin but that match got scrapped and he faced UFC newcomer, Ben Rothwell at UFC 104. He beat the newcomer with a TKO in the second round.
One of his best fights was against former Pride Heavyweight Champion and former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. A lot of bettors and analysts pegged Nogueira to win the match because Cain Velasquez didn’t have the power that the earlier had. They were proven wrong as Velasquez beat Noguiera in the first round via TKO.
One of his most legendary fights was against Brock Lesnar, then UFC Heavyweight Champion. Durinn the fight, Velasquez was taken down several times by Lesnar, a mountain of man, and he kept getting up easily. Lesnar couldn’t pin him down effectively. Velasquez is known for his incredible cardio; he can outlast opponents and he’s know mainly for his powerful and extremely fast punching combinations but for this fight, he used everything and he staggered Lesnar with a knee to the face and he quickly followed it up with punches, finally taking the bigger man down. Lesnar didn’t put up fight after taking that knee to the face and then it was over.
But he suffered his first loss against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 139. He was knocked out at 1 minute and 4 seconds during the first round. He was supposed to get a rematch but they got both sidelined with injuries and the rematch was pushed back.
He then fought Antonio Silva via TKO at UFC 146. He finally had his rematch against Dos Santos at UFC 152. This time he won against Dos Santos via a unanimous decision and he regained the UFC Heavyweight championship belt.
Velasquez became the first fighter in UFC history to post triple digits in significant strikes landed and double digits in takedowns landed in a single fight, landing 111 significant strikes and 11 takedowns in his second fight against Dos Santos.
They would fight again in UFC 166 and this time, he delivered that satisfying TKO in the fifth round of their match.