Junior dos Santos experienced the culmination of all of the hard work he’s put into his fighting career tonight, as he ran through Cain Velasquez within one round to inherit the UFC heavyweight championship.
For the UFC’s inaugural show on Fox, the 27-year-old Brazilian put on the best performance of his career, needing just over one minute to dispatch of the man ranked number one in the heavyweight division. Displaying the skills that brought him to the top, dos Santos walloped Velasquez with an overhand right that sat him down – the follow up ground and pound was academic.
“I have no words to say what I’m feeling,” said dos Santos, who improves to 14-1 in victory. “It’s amazing, my life. I wanna say thank you to my team and family, I got a lot of good people around me. I think Cain Velasquez was for sure my toughest opponent. I was afraid to fight with him, because he’s very tough. I was not one hundred percent for this fight, so I was scared.”
Now 9-1, Velasquez tasted defeat for the first time tonight and only promised to return to action in better form to reclaim the title.
“I just want to say sorry to all the fans, my family and friends that I disappointed you,” said Velasquez. “I’m much more than this. I will come back and I will get this belt back, for sure. He kinda messed up my equilibrium. It was a good shot, he has a lot of power. I waited too much for him. He went in and did what he was supposed to do, my hat’s off to him tonight.”
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos went down tonight from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.