Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez
Ht: 6’1 – Wt: 240 – Age: 29
Born: Arizona, USA
Fights out of: San Jose, CA, USA
Team: American Kickboxing Academy
Overall Record: 9-1
UFC Record: 7-1

Cain Velasquez is the former UFC heavyweight champion. Velasquez wrestled collegiately at Arizona State University, twice reaching All-American status. Cain made his mixed martial arts debut in 2006, winning his first 2 fights before signing with the UFC later that year. Cain demolished his first 3 opponents via TKO, defeating Brad Morris, Jake O’Brien, and Denis Stojnic. Velasquez was quickly moving up the UFC heavyweight ranks as he took a step up in competition against Cheick Kongo at UFC 99. Cain relied heavily on his wrestling as Kongo rocked him multiple times throughout the fight. Cain was able to keep Kongo grounded for large majorities of each round and went on to win via unanimous decision. Cain moved on to face veteran Ben Rothwell at UFC 104. Velasquez controlled Rothwell throughout the fight, dominating the IFL veteran with his wrestling and ground ‘n’ pound. The ref eventually stopped the fight in the 2nd round after Rothwell was unable to defend himself. Cain was now set to face PRIDE legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the #1 contender spot at UFC 110. Cain immediately showed fans that he was a force to be reckoned with, knocking out Nogueira in the 1st round. Cain went on to fight for the title as he faced off against reigning champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 Cain once again proved his overall dominance over his peers by finishing Lesnar early in the 1st round with strikes to win the UFC heavyweight title. Cain soon underwent surgery following his championship win and was sidelined for nearly a year before finally defending his belt against #1 contender Junior Dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1. Velasquez’s first title defense did not last long as he was dropped and subsequently finished by Dos Santos.

2011 Breakdown:
Cain Velasquez only fought once in 2011 due to injury, losing his UFC heavyweight championship.
Velasquez came into 2011 as the reigning UFC heavyweight champion. He was also on the mend from rotator cuff surgery that kept him out of action for the majority of the year.
With Velasquez finally healed, he was set to face off against #1 contender Junior Dos Santos at UFC on Fox 1. Velasquez tried to attack Dos Santos with some early leg kicks and a takedown attempt, but Dos Santos stayed patient and stunned Velasquez with a big right hand that sent Velasquez to the floor. Dos Santos immediately pounced, landing a few more punches before the ref stepped in and stopped the fight.

2012 Forecast:
Cain Velasquez was thought to be the next dominant champion of the heavyweight division, but following an injury-riddled 2010, he may have rushed himself in his return back to the cage. Cain is still in the prime of his career, but his skill-set has always been based around his top-level wrestling. Cain has slowly shifted his focus to striking, which though powerful, has gotten him into some trouble due to his chin. Cain was rocked repeatedly in the past by Cheick Kongo, and we all know what happened in his last fight against Dos Santos. For Cain to regain his championship, he will have to return to his wrestling roots and not leave his questionable chin exposed. Cain will likely need to rebuild his confidence in 2012 and get his body back in prime fighting shape.


#  FighterORGOVRLast 3 FightsNext Fight
1Weili Zhang21-1 (17)W-Joanna Jedrzejczyk (DEC)
W-Jessica Andrade (TKO)
W-Tecia Torres (DEC)
2Rose Namajunas9-4 (6)W-Jessica Andrade (DEC)
L-Jessica Andrade (KO)
W-Joanna Jedrzejczyk (DEC)
3Joanna Jedrzejczyk16-4 (5)L-Weili Zhang (DEC)
W-Michelle Waterson (DEC)
L-Valentina Shevchenko (DEC)
4Carla Esparza17-6 (7)W-Marina Rodriguez (DEC)
W-Michelle Waterson (DEC)
W-Alexa Grasso (DEC)
5Yan Xiaonan13-1 (5)W-Claudia Gadelha (DEC)
W-Karolina Kowalkiewicz (DEC)
W-Angela Hill (DEC)
6Claudia Gadelha18-5 (9)L-Yan Xiaonan (DEC)
W-Angela Hill (DEC)
W-Randa Markos (DEC)
7Marina Rodriguez12-1-2 (6)L-Carla Esparza (DEC)
D-Cynthia Calvillo (DEC)
W-Tecia Torres (DEC)
8Tecia Torres11-5 (1)W-Brianna Van Buren (DEC)
L-Marina Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Weili Zhang (DEC)
Angela Hill
9Michelle Waterson18-8 (12)W-Angela Hill (DEC)
L-Carla Esparza (DEC)
L-Joanna Jedrzejczyk (DEC)
Amanda Ribas
10Angela Hill12-9 (5)L-Michelle Waterson (DEC)
L-Claudia Gadelha (DEC)
W-Loma Lookboonmee (DEC)
Tecia Torres
11Amanda Ribas10-1 (7)W-Paige VanZant (SUB)
W-Randa Markos (DEC)
W-Mackenzie Dern (DEC)
Michelle Waterson
12Brianna Van Buren9-3 (5)L-Tecia Torres (DEC)
W-Livia Renata Souza (DEC)
W-Kailin Curran (SUB)
13Livia Renata Souza14-2 (10)W-Ashley Yoder (DEC)
L-Brianna Van Buren (DEC)
W-Sarah Frota (DEC)
14Virna Jandiroba16-1 (13)W-Felice Herrig (SUB)
W-Mallory Martin (SUB)
L-Carla Esparza (DEC)
Mackenzie Dern
15Angela Lee10-2 (8)W-Jingnan Xiong (SUB)
L-Michelle Nicolini (DEC)
L-Jingnan Xiong (TKO)
16Jingnan Xiong15-2 (11)W-Tiffany Teo (DEC)
L-Angela Lee (SUB)
W-Angela Lee (TKO)
17Kanako Murata12-1 (6)W-Randa Markos (DEC)
W-Emily Ducote (DEC)
W-Liana Ferreira (SUB)
18Mackenzie Dern9-1 (6)W-Randa Markos (SUB)
W-Hannah Cifers (SUB)
L-Amanda Ribas (DEC)
Virna Jandiroba
19Amanda Lemos8-1-1W-Mizuki Inoue (DEC)
W-Miranda Granger (SUB)
L-Leslie Smith (TKO)
20Karolina Kowalkiewicz12-6 (3)L-Yan Xiaonan (DEC)
L-Alexa Grasso (DEC)
L-Michelle Waterson (DEC)
21Randa Markos10-10-1 (4)L-Kanako Murata (DEC)
L-Mackenzie Dern (SUB)
L-Amanda Ribas (DEC)
22Seo Hee HamRizin23-8W-Ayaka Hamasaki (DEC)
W-Miyuu Yamamoto (TKO)
W-Tomo Maesawa (TKO)
23Emily DucoteInvicta9-6W-Juliana Lima (DEC)
L-Kanako Murata (DEC)
W-Janaisa Morandin (TKO)
Montserrat Ruiz
24Ayaka HamasakiRizin20-3W-Tomo Maesawa (SUB)
L-Seo Hee Ham (DEC)
W-Suwanan Boonsorn (SUB)
25Cory McKenna6-1W-Kay Hansen (DEC)
W-Crystal Demopoulos (DEC)
W-Giulia Chinello (TKO)
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Tatiana Suarez8-0 (5)W-Nina Ansaroff (DEC)
W-Carla Esparza (TKO)
W-Alexa Grasso (SUB)
Jessica AguilarFree Agent20-8L-Marina Rodriguez (DEC)
L-Weili Zhang (SUB)
W-Jodie Esquibel (DEC)
Nina Ansaroff10-6 (6)L-Tatiana Suarez (DEC)
W-Claudia Gadelha (DEC)
W-Randa Markos (DEC)
Michelle Nicolini6-2 (5)W-Angela Lee (DEC)
L-Tiffany Teo (DEC)
W-Iryna Kyselova (SUB)

Cain Velasquez Fight Record

Overall Record: 9-1
2008-2011 Record: 7-1

2011 Record: 0-1
Loss | Junior Dos Santos | KO | Rd 1 | UFC | 11/12/2011

2010 Record: 2-0
Win | Brock Lesnar | Tko | Rd 1 | UFC | 10/23/2010
Win | Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira | KO | Rd 1 | UFC | 02/20/2010

2009 Record: 3-0
Win | Ben Rothwell | Tko | Rd 2 | UFC | 10/24/2009
Win | Cheick Kongo | Dec | Rd 3 | UFC | 06/13/2009
Win | Denis Stojnic | Tko | Rd 2 | UFC | 02/07/2009

2008 Record: 2-0
Win | Jake O’Brien | Tko | Rd 1 | UFC | 07/19/2008
Win | Brad Morris | Tko | Rd 1 | UFC | 04/19/2008

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