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Cain Velasquez In The News
Posted on November 13, 2011
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Cain Velasquez is a Mexican-American born in Salinas, California. Ever since high school, where Velasquez was both the captain oh the high school wrestling and football team, Cain has been referred to as a natural athlete. In high school he put together a 110-10 wrestling record and won the 5a Arizona Wrestling Championship twice. He went on to wrestle in junior college and won the NJCAA national championship, and then he continued his wrestling career at the University of Arizona where he was even more successful. He wrestled there for three seasons while getting his degree in education, and put together a record of 86–17, placing 5th in the country in 2005, and 4th in 2006. In 2005 he was named the PAC 10 wrestler of the year, and in 05’ and 06’ he won the PAC 10 championship. While at University of Arizona Cain wrestled along side of other UFC fighters, namely Ryan Bader and CB Dollaway.
Right after college Velasquez joined the American Kickboxing Academy, and almost from the minute he started the other athletes and coaches at AKA began talk about Cain being a guy to watch out for. Cain took his first fight in 2006 under the Strikeforce banner and finished the fight in under two minutes by knock out. He would have a similar performance on a Bodog Fight card, but this time it would take 4 minutes to finish the fight via KO. Cain wouldn’t fight in 2007, but with the hype behind him, and using his contacts at AKA, Cain was then offered a fight with the UFC.
In 2008, Velasquez would fight twice with the UFC, and he would finish both fights in a combined time of 4:12. He was able to overwhelm both Brad Morris and Jake Obrien with strikes, and earned TKO wins in both fights. In February of 2009 Velasquez fought Denis Stoijnic, and for the first time he found himself in the second round. However, Stoijnic was knocked out via strikes at the 2:12 mark of the round, and the punch would earn Cain the KO of the night bonus. Velasquez then fought Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, but the historically durable Kongo was able to survive all 15 minutes of the fight even though he lost the decision. Velasquez would then take on Ben Rothwell, former IFL champion, and he would TKO Rothwell in the second round.
Velasquez would then fight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and the winner was to fight for the heavyweight championship. At UFC 110, Velasquez would knock out Nogueira 2:20 into the fight and picked up another KO of the night bonus. Velasquez would fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 for the Heavyweight Strap at one of the biggest events of the year, and Lesnar would meet the same fate as the other 8 fighters Cain beat. Lesnar was overwhelmed early in the match, and succumbed to strikes at the four minute mark earning Velasquez the championship. During the fight, Cain tore his rotator cuff in his shoulder, and has not fought in 20011.
It was announced that the UFC signed a deal with FOX to broadcast a few events a year, and it was also announced that Cain Velasquez would defend his title for the first time against Brazilian knock out artist Junior Dos Santos.