Cain Velasquez took a giant step to the top of the UFC heavyweight division after he needed only 2:20 to defeat former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 last night.
“I didn’t see it coming,” UFC President Dana White admitted after the bout. “I thought that was going to be a back-and-forth and entertaining fight, and Cain Velasquez went out and absolutely finished him and looked completely dominant and looked, in my opinion, better than he’s ever looked. The kid gets better every time he fights.”
Velasquez finds himself possibly in line for a title shot against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. White had announced last month that Lesnar would defend his title this summer against the winner of the Frank Mir/Shane Carwin interim title match at UFC 111. If either Mir or Carwin is injured, Lesnar would then face Velasquez. White reiterated those comments during the UFC 110 post-fight press conference last night.
“We’ll see what happens with Mir and Carwin… see who wins that. If the guys come out unscathed, they’ll fight for the title,” said White. “If not, then Cain Velasquez will get that slot.”
Until then, Frank Mir and Shane Carwin will battle it out at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The event is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against top contender Dan Hardy.