Newly crowned UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez weathered an early storm before implementing superior technique en route to earning a dominant first round stoppage over UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA this past Saturday night.
Lesnar had been the UFC’s biggest draw, however UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference that he wasn’t disappointed to see Lesnar lose.
“Whoever wins, wins,” said White. “I don’t look at how he is a huge draw and we should do this or that. This is mixed martial arts. Every dog has his day, and today was his day… I think people will always be interested in Brock, and now they’ll be interested in Cain, too.”
As we noted yesterday, White feels that the loss may motivate Lesnar to return to the Octagon sooner than expected.
“We’re going to find out the real competitive side of Brock Lesnar here,” White stated. “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.
“We’ll see what happens. Brock and I have been fighting a lot over the last month and a half. We’ll see how it goes after this.”
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 UFC 121, click here.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.