Newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez displayed coolness under fire in weathering the early storm delivered by his giant-sized opponent Brock Lesnar and implementing superior technique en route to earning a first round stoppage.
“I expected nothing less,” Lesnar stated after the bout. “He’s a great fighter. I knew I had a great challenge in front of me. Congratulations, Cain. I had a good training camp. What can I say?”
Lesnar came flying out of the gate right at the bell, throwing punches, knees and even a flying knee to his smaller opponent. The champ-at-the-time bullied Velasquez to the mat more than once and had the challenger mostly on the defensive. The momentum shifted when Velasquez landed a takedown of his own and followed up with some big punches when Lesnar got back to his feet. Lesnar spun across the cage attempting to escape but Velasquez stayed on him the whole time. From there, Velasquez wilted Lesnar with constant ground and pound from the top position and wore him down until he could no longer defend himself; prompting Herb Dean to halt the battering.
Velasquez told Joe Rogan post-fight that he was prepared for Lesnar’s early onslaught and was as respectful in victory as always.
“I trained for a five-round fight and that’s what I was hoping for,” Velasquez said. “I wasn’t expecting this. You can’t expect a first-round stoppage.”
Lesnar accepted defeat with humility and grace, congratulating Velasquez for being the better man and making no excuses for his loss.
“He was better than me tonight,” Lesnar said.
Lesnar falls to 5-2 with the defeat while Velasquez begins his reign as the champ on the strength of a 9-0 undefeated record. UFC 121 went down this evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.