Cain Velasquez
14 - 2 - 0
USA
City
Yuma, Arizona
Promotion
Weight
240
Height
6'1"
Wins
14
Losses
2
Draws
0
  • KO/TKO
    14/12
    86%
  • Submissions
    14/0
    0%
  • Decisions
    14/2
    14%

Cain Velasquez’ legacy as one of the UFC’s greatest heavyweights is undeniable. His brawling, relentless style and one-punch power make him among the most feared – and most popular – fighters in MMA today.

In a career that began in 2006, Velasquez had won 13 of 15 fights and scored victories over such notable opponents as Junior Dos Santos, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Brock Lesnar.  But injuries have often been his major obstacle.

Velasquez, 32, suffered an injury to his right knee during training that forced him to pull out of a title defense against Fabricio Werdum in November of 2014. Werdum then scored a knockout of Mark Hunt for the interim belt at UFC 180, but Velasquez had a chance to stake his claim to the undisputed title June 13 at UFC 188 in Mexico City against Werdum.

Although Velasquez had not been in the Octagon since October 2013, no one questions his status as the UFC’s top heavyweight, with or without a belt. Of his 13 wins, all but two have been a result of knockouts, and eight were first-round KOs.

Velasquez’ last fight was an electric fifth-round TKO of former champion Junior Dos Santos in the final fight of their memorable bloody trilogy. Dos Santos administered Velasquez’ only defeat with a shocking first-round knockout in 2011, but Velasquez evened their ledger with a unanimous-decision win 13 months later at UFC 166. In their third bout, Velasquez gave dos Santos a ferocious beating before the fight was stopped in the fifth round.

As broadcaster Joe Rogan said during the broadcast of the fight, “You can’t stop the storm that is Cain Velasquez.”

• First Mexican-American to win a major professional heavyweight title in MMA or boxing history

• Twelve of 14 wins by KO or TKO – only distance fights were Kongo and Dos Santos II
• Trained with Lyoto Machida before Machida’s win over Tito Ortiz
• Has only gone past 2:34 of the second round four times in his pro career, against Kongo, Werdum, and in the second and third fights with Dos Santos
• Received Jiu-Jitsu black belt in October 2013

Fight History – Pro

Result Fighter Event Method/Referee R Time
win Travis Browne UFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes
Jul / 09 / 2016
TKO (Punches)
John McCarthy
1 4:57
loss Fabricio Werdum UFC 188 – Velasquez vs. Werdum
Jun / 13 / 2015
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Herb Dean
3 2:13
win Junior dos Santos UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Oct / 19 / 2013
TKO (Slam and Punch)
Herb Dean
5 3:09
win Antonio Silva UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2
May / 25 / 2013
TKO (Punches)
Mario Yamasaki
1 1:21
win Junior dos Santos UFC 155 – Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Dec / 29 / 2012
Decision (Unanimous)
Herb Dean
5 5:00
win Antonio Silva UFC 146 – Dos Santos vs. Mir
May / 26 / 2012
TKO (Punches)
Josh Rosenthal
1 3:36
loss Junior dos Santos UFC on Fox 1 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Nov / 12 / 2011
KO (Punches)
John McCarthy
1 1:04
win Brock Lesnar UFC 121 – Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Oct / 23 / 2010
TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean
1 4:12
win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC 110 – Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Feb / 20 / 2010
KO (Punches)
Herb Dean
1 2:20
win Ben Rothwell UFC 104 – Machida vs. Shogun
Oct / 24 / 2009
TKO (Punches)
Steve Mazzagatti
2 0:58
win Cheick Kongo UFC 99 – The Comeback
Jun / 13 / 2009
Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Miragliotta
3 5:00
win Denis Stojnic UFC Fight Night 17 – Lauzon vs. Stephens
Feb / 07 / 2009
TKO (Punches)
Jorge Ortiz
2 2:34
win Jake O’Brien UFC Fight Night 14 – Silva vs. Irvin
Jul / 19 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Mario Yamasaki
1 2:02
win Brad Morris UFC 83 – Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
Apr / 19 / 2008
TKO (Punches)
Steve Mazzagatti
1 2:10
win Jeremiah Constant Bodog Fight – Clash of the Nations
Dec / 16 / 2006
TKO (Punches)
N/A
1 4:00
win Jesse Fujarczyk Strikeforce – Tank vs. Buentello
Oct / 07 / 2006
TKO (Punches)
N/A
1 1:58

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