Newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez weathered an early storm before implementing superior technique en route to earning a first round stoppage over UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA last night. Lesnar had been planning to take some time off following the fight, however UFC President Dana White feels that his plans may change.
“We’re going to find out the real competitive side of Brock Lesnar here,” White told ESPN’s MMA Live last night after the event. “I have a feeling, knowing him, his plans are going to be cut short. I think obviously he’s going to go hunting and spend some time with his family, but I think we’ll see him back a lot sooner than what we had planned.”
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. White noted that it was not necessarily Lesnar’s striking that was his weakness, but his ability to come back after getting hit.
“He has been working with guys on his striking,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “It’s one of those things where Brock has fought, what, five times now in the UFC? We’ve seen fights where he’s standing up and… he doesn’t look like he’s going to win a boxing title any time soon, but his standup looks good when he’s throwing punches and landing. When he’s getting hit, that’s when his hands start to fall apart.”
While Lesnar was dominated by the smaller challenger, White doesn’t believe that Lesnar’s reputation will take much of a hit.
“This is mixed martial arts. Every dog has his day, and today was his day,” White said. “We’ll see what happens. I think people will always be interested in Brock, and now they’ll be interested in Cain, too.”
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. For full results of last night’s show, click here.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.