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Completed MMA Bout

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez

Main Event | Heavyweight · 265 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large Cain Velasquez
Mmaweekly large Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Round 1

7-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   32-5-1
Climbed to 8-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 32-6
+101 (Near Even)   Betting Odds   -112 (Near Even)
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
San Jose, California   Fighting out of   Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27 years, 6 months, 2 days   Age at Fight   33 years, 8 months, 4 days
242.0 lbs (109.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   233.2 lbs (105.8 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'3" (191cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   77.0" (196cm)
American Kickboxing Academy   Gym   Team Nogueira
UFC 110
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
  • Date: Saturday 02.20.2010
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Acer Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Nogueira Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Velasquez Total Disclosed Pay: $50,000
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Nogueira vs. Velasquez Wiki Update Wiki

For heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez, the hype that had been leaking out about him from American Kickboxing Academy for over three years was demonstrated when he took out one of the greatest heavyweights of all time in just his eighth professional fight.

Heading into their main event clash at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira were pegged near even in most betting lines. In a fight that came down to youth and potential versus age and experience, it was truly a pick em’. Velasquez, one of the best wrestlers in the division, was expected to take the fight to the canvas and grind Nogueira out. For his part, the former Pride and UFC title holder was expected to utilize his superior boxing to light Cain up on the feet while relying on his incredible Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guard work and sweeps to keep him out of trouble on the ground.

When the fight began, the fighters engaged in a tentative feeling out process on the feet. After a little while, Velasquez began to find his range, beautifully mixing up his strikes to frustrate Nogueira. The AKA standout went to the legs and head with kicks while punishing the body with crisp, hard punches. Fans in attendance and watching on Pay Per View were shocked at Velasquez’s dramatically improved sense of range, timing and striking versatility.

Halfway through the first round, the increasingly inevitable happened when Velasquez caught Nogueira on the side of the head with a picture-perfect right hook. What was more impressive, however, was the speed and accuracy with which Velasquez followed up on the ground. Just as Nogueira hit the canvas, Velasquez was on him with a brutal series of straight punches that prompted the referee to halt the contest.

The finish was the most one-sided and definitive of both men’s professional careers. With the victory, Velasquez earned a coveted title shot against Brock Lesnar.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:28 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Training  |  "Minotauro" Nogueira UFC 110 Training Video report dead link

    Affliction Vision looks at Nogueira's training for his UFC 110 Main Event bout against Cain Velasquez.

  • Training  |  "Training Camp: Cain Velasquez" Video HL by All Elbows report dead link

    The All Elbows video team takes a closer looks at Cain Velasquez's training camp before the Velasquez vs. Nogueira bout at UFC 110.

Nogueira vs. Velasquez Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

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