In the heavyweight showdown that was supposed to answer a boat-load of questions, Cain Velasaquez provided one resounding answer. YES, he is in fact the next in line for a shot at the UFC’s crown after his dominating performance at UFC 104 on Saturday night against Ben Rothwell.
Velasquez was originally slated to face Shane Carwin inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, however Carwin got the bump to challenge for Brock Lesnar’s title at UFC 106 (since postponed to UFC 108).
The rising superstar looked nothing short of sensational as his relentless attack overwhelmed the sluggish veteran. Velasquez took the scrap to the mat in the opening round, transitioning from one dominant position to another with the greatest of ease.
Velasquez was quite active while in top position, inflicting devastating ground ‘n pound that nearly warranted a stoppage. Rothewell continued to eat some serious leather before the first round finally came to a merciful end.
Just before the start of the second round, referee Steve Mazzagatti approached Rothwell and warned him that he would not allow him to continue to receive the same amount of unanswered damage.
Unfortunately for Big Ben, the second round was much of the same, however thankfully for him it only lasted 58 seconds. Velasquez quickly dropped the hefty heavyweight. While pinned against the cage with his left arm isolated, Cain repeatedly landed punches to Rothwell’s grill.
Although Rothwell was working his way back to his feet, Mazzagatti pulled Velasquez off of him, ending a fight that probably shouldn’t have gone past the first round.
Rothwell raised his arms to protest what he perceived as a premature stoppage, however to taint Velasquez’ win by stating it was controversial and not convincing is utterly ridiculous.
The win bumps Velasquez’ record to a perfect 7-0, with all but one ending in a finish.
“Coming off the last win, I wanted to keep improving and getting better, and that’s what I’m doing,” Velasquez said.
UFC president Dana White said prior to the fight that Cain would “probably” be getting a title shot with a convincing win. It’s tough to imagine there is anyone more deserving to face the UFC 106 winner than the American Kickboxing Academy-trained fighter.