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Cain Velasquez


ABOUT
ABOUT

Cain Velaquez is recognised as one of the best fighters to have entered the Octagon. He has been

one of the more consistent heavyweights, although lately, he has made fewer and more selected

appearances to fight for the company.


Early Life and Debut

Before he was in UFC, Cain Velasquez was the youngest of three children born to his parents. In high

school, he found success in wrestling winning the Arizona Wrestling Championship twice, with a

record of 110-10. This was to signal his future success in MMA. Cain Velasquez was also a good

football player, captaining his side as the Linebacker. He wrestled in college as well, wrestling

alongside fighters like Ryan Bader and CB Dollaway. He made his debut for Strikeforce winning his

debut fight.


UFC and UFC Heavyweight Championship

Cain Velasquez made his debut for UFC in 2008, where he defeated Brad Moris. This undefeated

streak of his would continue for the better part of 5 years. During this time he would defeat each

fighter he faced, including Jake O’Brien and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Finally, he came face to face

with then-UFC Heavyweight Champion, the ever-controversial Brock Lesnar. In a fight where he

displayed excellent prowess, Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar and became the UFC Heavyweight

Champion for the first time.


Championship Run and Return

Cain Velasquez’ championship run would not last long as he lost it to Junior Dos Santos in the very

next fight of his career. In 2012, he would win it back from Dos Santos, and defend it twice, once

against Antonio Silva, and again against Junior Dos Santos. He finally lost the title to Fabricio

Werdum.

Since then he has won a fight against Travis Browne and is about to make a return after two years

away from the Octagon in 2019 when he faces Francis Ngannou, in the headline match of UFC’s

inaugural event on ESPN, on February 17, 2019. His current figures are 14-2.

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