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Cain Velasquez
Born Cain Ramirez Velasquez
July 28, 1982 (1982-07-28) (age 27)
Salinas, California
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight 243 lb (110 kg; 17.4 st)[2]
Division 265
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)
Style Wrestling, Kickboxing
Fighting out of San Jose, California
Team American Kickboxing Academy
Trainer Javier Mendez
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
     Purple belt in BJJ
Years active 2006–present MMA
MMA record
Total 8
Wins 8
By knockout 7
By decision 1
Losses 0
Other information
University Arizona State University
Iowa Central Community College
Children 1
Notable school(s) Kofa High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: February 22, 2010

Cain Ramirez Velasquez[3] (born July 28, 1982 in Salinas, California) is an American MMA fighter of Mexican descent.[4] He is a two-time All-American collegiate wrestler from Arizona State and a Junior College National Champ at Iowa Central Community College. He is a two-time 5A state champion in Arizona for Kofa High School located in Yuma, Arizona under Shawn Rustad and Marty Niblo. He currently competes in the UFC in the heavyweight division. As of March 2010, he is ranked as the #4 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.[5]

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UFC career

Cain Velasquez made his UFC debut against Brad Morris at UFC 83 and won due to strikes in the first round.

In his next fight, Velasquez defeated Jake O'Brien at UFC Fight Night 14 by TKO in round one.

Velasquez then faced Denis Stojnić at UFC Fight Night 17 and the fight was stopped in round two with Velasquez earning the victory by TKO.

Velasquez's next fight was in UFC 99 against former kickboxer and established UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo. Velasquez was once again dominant and won the bout by unanimous decision.

Velasquez's next opponent was scheduled to be Shane Carwin[6] for the number one contendership of the UFC Heavyweight Championship held by Brock Lesnar. On August 20 however, it was announced Cain Velasquez would no longer be fighting Shane Carwin at UFC 104 for the opportunity to challenge Brock Lesnar, as the UFC have rescheduled Carwin to face Lesnar at UFC 106.[7]

Velasquez was told he would be fighting Ben Rothwell at UFC 104. Velasquez was 7–0 after defeating Ben Rothwell at UFC 104 with a TKO at 0:58 of Round 2. [8]

Velasquez was booked to face former Pride Heavyweight Champion and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. Dana White had promised the winner a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title after Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin fight[9], though Carwin is now scheduled to fight Frank Mir at UFC 111. The bout between Velasquez and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira was cancelled due to Nogueira's staph infection.[10] The bout was then moved to February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[11]

Going into the fight, some media sources predicted that Nogueira would take the victory due to a supposed lack of striking power for Velasquez.[12] They were proven wrong when Velasquez defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 via knockout (Punches) at 2:20 of round 1. In doing so, Velasquez became the second man alongside Frank Mir to defeat Noguiera by way of knockout, and this lead to him becoming the standby fighter for a heavyweight title shot if the winner of the UFC 111 fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin was unable to compete against the champion Brock Lesnar[13]

Personal life

Cain and his girlfriend welcomed a daughter named Coral Love Velasquez on May 6, 2009.[14] The couple got engaged in Australia after UFC 110.[15]

As a proud Mexican-American, Velasquez speaks English and Spanish fluently and has been a guest star on the Spanish-language TV networks Telemundo and Univision. He was also seen in the Wisin & Yandel's official music video of "Te Siento".

Cain, who trains at AKA, won the BJJ blue belt championships roughly a year after starting submission grappling. [16]He currently holds a purple belt under Dave Camarillo.

Accomplishments

  • Two-time All-American collegiate wrestler
  • Knockout of the Night Honors (2x)

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8-0 Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira KO (Punches) UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez 02010-02-21 February 21, 2010 1 2:20 Australia Sydney, Australia Won Knockout of the Night
Win 7–0 United States Ben Rothwell TKO (Punches) UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun 02009-10-24 October 24, 2009 2 0:58 United States Los Angeles, California, US
Win 6–0 France Cheick Kongo Decision (Unanimous) UFC 99: The Comeback 02009-06-13 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Germany Cologne, Germany
Win 5–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Stojnić TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens 02009-02-07 February 7, 2009 2 2:34 United States Tampa, Florida Won Knockout of the Night
Win 4–0 United States Jake O'Brien TKO (Punches) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin 02008-07-19 July 19, 2008 1 2:02 United States Las Vegas, Nevada United States
Win 3–0 Australia Brad Morris TKO (Punches) UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II 02008-04-19 April 19, 2008 1 2:10 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada UFC Debut
Win 2–0 United States Jeremiah Constant TKO (Punches) Bodog Fight: St. Petersburg 02006-12-16 December 16, 2006 1 4:00 Russia St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 1–0 United States Jesse Fujarczyk TKO (Punches) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello 02006-10-07 October 7, 2006 1 1:58 United States Fresno, California

Entrance Music

Event Entrance Music
Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello "Last Resort" by Papa Roach
UFC 83 "Fuel for the Fire" by Anvil
UFC Fight Night 17 "Reggaeton Latino" by Don Omar
UFC 99 "Reggaeton Latino" by Don Omar
UFC 104 "Los Mandados" by Vicente Fernández
UFC 110 "Los Mandados" by Vicente Fernández

References

  1. ^ http://www.ufc.com/CainVelasquez
  2. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/blog/Live-Minute-by-Minute-UFC-104-Weigh-In-20513
  3. ^ "Arizona State Player Bio". http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/mtt/velasquez_cain00.html. 
  4. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (April 13, 2008). "New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut". UFC.com. http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.Detail&gid=11308. Retrieved February 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-23122
  6. ^ http://www.fightline.com/news/mma/2009/0701/423660/shane_carwin/index.shtml
  7. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/15921/brock-lesnar-and-shane-carwin-in-discussions-to-meet-at-ufc-106-in-las-vegas.mma
  8. ^ http://www.inentertainment.co.uk/20091025/cain-velasquez-vs-ben-rothwell-ufc-104-results/
  9. ^ "Nogueira vs. Velasquez now set for UFC 108". mmaweekly.com. http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9955&zoneid=13. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  10. ^ "Nogueira has severe staph infection; UFC 108 bout with Velasquez off". mmajunkie.com. http://mmajunkie.com/news/16855/nogueira-has-sever-staph-infection-ufc-108-bout-with-velasquez-off.mma. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  11. ^ "Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Ready to Return in February, Hopes to Fight Cain Velasquez in Australia". mmafrenzy.com. 2009-11-23. http://mmafrenzy.com/12296/antonio-rodrigo-nogueira-ready-to-return-in-february-hopes-to-fight-cain-velasquez-in-australia/. 
  12. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/18024/ufc-110-main-card-recap-velasquez-stuns-nogueira-in-first-silva-returns-to-win-column.mma
  13. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/18031/white-by-beating-best-heavyweight-of-all-time-ufc-110s-velasquez-title-fight-standby.mma
  14. ^ "Raising Cain: An MMAmania.com interview exclusive with Cain Velasquez". MMAMANIA.com. 2009-05-06. http://mmamania.com/2009/05/06/raising-cain-an-mmamaniacom-interview-exclusive-with-cain-velasquez/. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  15. ^ "Cain Velasquez: I've Been Ready for Brock Lesnar for a While". MMAFIGHTING.com. 2010-03-01. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/03/01/cain-velasquez-ive-been-ready-for-brock-lesnar-for-a-while/. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  16. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=dm-velasquez071408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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