Velasquez already held a TKO win over Antonio Silva when the two met last May. However, “Bigfoot” was coming off strike-based stoppages of Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, showing he was a dangerous foe likely to have learned a thing or two from his previous encounter with Cain. Amazingly, it actually took Velasquez LESS time to beat Silva the second time around, flattening him in just 81 seconds. Also important, the victory marked the first successful title-defense of Velasquez’s career, showing he could definitely perform under the pressure of being champion in spite of the stumble to Junior dos Santos ending his initial run with the belt.
Heavyweight Cain Velasquez was heavily hyped from early on in his career and has lived up to it thus far with a 10-1 mark in the Octagon and two separate stints as UFC champion. He’s quick, powerful, precise, and as dangerous a wrestler as the division has ever seen. Velasquez is out to further cement his legacy as one of the sport’s elite competitors by taking out Junior dos Santos next weekend at UFC 166, potentially adding another big win to a resume full of them. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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