Cain Velasquez is the new UFC heavyweight champion. From the opening bell until referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight last night the undefeated Velasquez dominated former champion Brock Lesnar. He knew how to exploit Lesnar's weaknesses and he challenged Lesnar to stand and strike with him.
This is why it's called mixed martial arts (MMA) and not just wrestling. Velasquez utilized his hands and feet to win by technical knockout at 4:12 in the first round.
Lesnar, known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet," didn't stand a chance on his feet. UFC heavyweight Junior Dos Santos on the fight: "Brock fought like a truck with no driver." In the past, Lesnar would set the pace of the fight by taking his opponent down. But Velasquez, also an accomplished wrestler, kept the fight standing. When it did go to the ground, he was able to get back to his feet.
UFC hall of famer Randy Couture said on MMA Live, "I think he's (Velasquez) got the total package. The work ethic, the conditioning, he's put a well-rounded game together."
Velasquez had such a very calm demeanor throughout the fight. On MMA Live after the fight he said, "The plan was to keep the distance and if he takes us down just get back up."
After the fight, UFC president Dana White placed the heavyweight belt around the champion's waist. From what I could observe, White didn't look pleased with the outcome. I know Lesnar has been part of two of the most profitable pay-per-view events in the UFC. But there is a new sheriff in town, and his name is Cain Velasquez.
After the fight White talked about Lesnar: "He's only fought five times in the UFC. We've seen fights where his stand-up looks good. He's not going to win any boxing titles, but it looks good when he's doing the punching. When he starts getting hit is when his hands start to fall apart. It's not a matter of working on his hands enough. It's a different ballgame when you're getting punched in the face."
As Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth."
From what I saw from Lesnar, Fedor Emelianenko would have destroyed him in the cage. Emelianenko is the most well-rounded heavyweight in the world. And his price tag to bring him to the UFC, just got higher.
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