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Completed MMA Bout

Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez

Main Event | UFC Heavyweight Championship | 265 lbs

Mmaweekly large Cain Velasquez
Mmaweekly large Brock Lesnar

Round 1

8-0-0   Pro Record At Fight   5-1-0
Climbed to 9-0   Record After Fight   Fell to 5-2
+160 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -180 (Slight Favorite)
Challenger   Title   Champion
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
San Jose, California   Fighting out of   Alexandria, Minnesota
28 years, 2 months, 3 weeks, 4 days   Age at Fight   33 years, 3 months, 1 week, 4 days
244.0 lbs (110.7 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   264.0 lbs (119.7 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'3" (191cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   81.0" (206cm)
Vicente Fernández - Los Mandados   Walkout Music   Metallica - Enter Sandman
American Kickboxing Academy   Gym  
UFC 121
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
  • Date: Saturday 10.23.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Honda Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Anaheim, California, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • 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
  • Lesnar Total Disclosed Pay: $400,000
  • Velasquez Total Disclosed Pay: $270,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Lesnar
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Lesnar vs. Velasquez Wiki Update Wiki

The main event of UFC 121 was one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight fights in years as Brock Lesnar defended his UFC title against top contender Cain Velasquez. Lesnar's enormous star power drew mainstream and casual fan interest, while serious MMA fans salivated over getting to see the talented and well-rounded Velasquez match up against the behemoth champion.

Closing oddsmaker lines listed Lesnar as the slight favorite over Velasquez, yet many fighters and expert observers were predicting Velasquez to become the new champion. The UFC, looking for a marketing angle to generate interest in the lesser known challenger, hyped Velasquez as having the chance to become the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion in mixed martial arts or boxing. Velasquez, California-born but of Mexican heritage, drew significant hispanic fan support at pre-fight press events and in the arena on fight night.

Lesnar outweighted Velasquez by 20 to 30 pounds (depending on the exact amount of weight he cut the day before to reach the 265 pound limit), and appeared significantly larger as the two fighters met in the center of the Octagon to receive their final instructions from referee Herb Dean.

As soon as the first round started, Lesnar stormed across the cage and threw an array of power shots including a flying knee. It appeared his strategy was to immediately overwhelm Velasquez with his size and aggressiveness, and he may have momentarily succeeded, landing cleanly on at least a couple of blows. Velasquez wildly returned fire and the opening few seconds were more of a brawl than anything else. Velasquez, who later commented that he quickly realized he was not following his gameplan, was able to separate and regain his composure.

Lesnar barreled into Velasquez shortly after and scored a big takedown, planting Velasquez on his back. Fans of the challenger had to have been nervous at that moment given the damage that Lesnar is known to be able to inflict on the ground. Showing his incredible resourcefulness, however, Velasquez was able to hip escape and almost immediately get back to his feet.

Once back to the standing position the fight was entirely controlled by Velasquez. The challenger picked his shots carefully and was too quick and technical for Lesnar on the feet. A hard blow sent Lesnar stumbling and rolling across the mat in a memorable scene, as the bewildered champion tried to find a way to get away from Velasquez's pressure. There would be no such escape. A swarming and relentless Velasquez continued to fire strikes from every angle, opening a deep gash underneath Lesnar's left eye. With blood flowing from the cut and a beating being administered from Velasquez up against the fence and on the ground, Herb Dean had finally seen enough and stopped the contest at 4:12 of the action-packed opening round.

Cain Velasquez, the newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion, thanked his fans and supporters in both English and Spanish, while Brock Lesnar was humble in defeat and vowed to improve his skills and return.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:26 PM ET
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Lesnar vs. Velasquez Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  Cain Velasquez "El Guerrero" Promo Video report dead link

    Slick promo video with a hispanic flair shows the dueling personalities that faced off for Lesnar vs Velasquez.

  • Misc  |  Cain Velasquez Discusses Getting Back to His Feet report dead link

    In this video for ESPN Magazine, Cain Velasquez discusses the wrestling techniques he drilled in order to get up from his back in the Brock Lesnar fight.

  • Interview  |  Cain Velasquez post-fight interview from UFC 121 report dead link

    Watch this post-fight interview with Cain Velasquez as he discusses the surreal feeling of defeating Brock Lesnar.

  • Interview  |  Cain Velasquez Post-Fight Appearance on The George Lopez Show report dead link

    After defeating Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Cain Velasquez appeared in this video segment on the George Lopez Show.

  • Interview  |  Cain Velasquez interview for Brock Lesnar report dead link

    Watch this video interview with top contender Cain Velasquez as he talks about his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 121.

  • Interview  |  Brock Lesnar interview for Cain Velasquez report dead link

    Watch this video inteview with UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as he talks about his fight against undefeated Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.

Lesnar 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.

Just finishing up tasting food with Michelle for our wedding. Nice to finally get to plan the details
4 days, 17 hours, and 41 minutes
Me & my team with my UFC Heavyweight Belt!: Me with my management, Zinkin Entertainment… http://goo.gl/fb/ROF8d #fb
2 days, 15 hours, and 2 minutes
Waiting in the green room at George Lopez Show. http://plixi.com/p/52900097
1 day, 20 hours, and 9 minutes
On set at @TMZ , everyone is really cool! http://plixi.com/p/52882325
1 day, 17 hours, and 47 minutes
Yes we did! Aka & Zinkin! Thank u RT @DaveCamarillo: Last tweet for tonight: thank you AKA! We did it!
7 hours and 2 minutes
Had to stop for lobster pizza at Berris Pizza before turning in for the night
7 hours and 58 seconds
About to pull up at after party at Ecco in about 10 mins. Had lots of press after fight so thanking fans or their patience!
4 hours and 36 minutes
Thank you to all my fans that were behind me! We did it!!! This belt is for all of us!!
3 hours and 38 minutes
Get to Ecco in Hollywood for Cain's After Fight Party tonight! Team AKA will be there & @PhilMrWonderful- MGMT. http://plixi.com/p/52535224
10 minutes
RT @VCostley @DCBROCKLESNAR Good luck tonight and KICK SOME ASS!!!! Were rootin for ya here in Minnesota.
8 hours and 51 minutes
RT @joshuajackson yo, everyone in my national guard unit are getting together to watch you fight. Good luck and knock em dead man.
8 hours and 52 minutes
RT @astroid_blaster @DCBROCKLESNAR Just saw that your number 9 trending topic. Good luck tonight Brock. :-)
8 hours and 52 minutes
RT @FighterXFashion #UFC121 #brocklesnar http://fighterxfashion.com/brock-lesnar-ufc-121-hoodie-giveaway/
10 hours and 24 minutes
RT @LVFIGHTSHOP Official @DCBROCKLESNAR Walkout Shirts with sponsors are available exclusively in Vegas at @LVFIGHTSHOP
23 hours and 55 minutes
RT @PeterKTCheung Can I get a RT from the champ? @DCBROCKLESNAR http://yfrog.com/ekcxxj
23 hours and 59 minutes
Happy Birthday RT @christruncer @DCBROCKLESNAR hey it's my b day today Brock! Let's see you dominate this UFC!
1 day, 2 hours, and 30 minutes
RT @mmawarehouse DeathClutch UFC 121 Brock Lesnar Sponsor Hoodie IN STOCK, as seen worn by Brock today at weigh-ins http://bit.ly/aw11XM
1 day, 2 hours, and 31 minutes
RT @FighterXFashion Brock Lesnar UFC 121 Hoodie Giveaway: OK fight fans, here’s your chance to win an official… http://goo.gl/fb/W6xWl
1 day, 5 hours, and 39 minutes
RT @HeavyMMA 47 more followers for @heavymma and we're giving away a sweet @dcbrocklesnar @ufc 121 walkout shirt. follow to win!
1 day, 8 hours, and 59 minutes
RT @mmaoverload DeathClutch Brock Lesnar UFC 121 Limited Edition Hoodie - $59.99 -... http://fb.me/JB0SsaCf
1 day, 9 hours, and 46 minutes
RT @JeremyHeavyMMA When @heavymma gets to 1,000 followers, we're going to give away a @dcbrocklesnar @UFC 121 walkout shirt. RT this to win!
1 day, 11 hours, and 36 minutes
RT @FighterXFashion DeathClutch Brock Lesnar UFC 121 Walkout Hoodie: Adding the final piece to the UFC… http://goo.gl/fb/Q0gxB
1 day, 13 hours, and 27 minutes
RT @tgerbasi Brock Lesnar - The Present Prepares for The Future - http://t.co/HqXryXG #UFC #UFC121 #MMA @DCBROCKLESNAR
1 day, 13 hours, and 55 minutes
RT @dethrone: doors open 11:30, film at noon. free shirts. @gilbertlmelendez and @migueltorresmma will be there.
1 day, 19 hours, and 54 minutes
RT @LVFIGHTSHOP @DCBROCKLESNAR Official walkout tees WITH SPONSORS are now available at all @LVFIGHTSHOP locations.
1 day, 22 hours, and 30 minutes
RT @ESPN_MMALIVE Check out @Franklin_McNeil's column on Cole Konrad's, training partner for @DCBrockLesnar http://es.pn/dfmUVm @ufc #UFC121
2 days, 12 hours, and 44 minutes
RT @TravisDukeman @DCBROCKLESNAR Its #BROCKTOBER BABY! Cant wait for saturday man. "Its TIME!" to prove the haters wrong once again!
2 days, 21 hours, and 27 minutes
RT @Sk8bompie @DCBROCKLESNAR here comes the pain,u were my favourite wrestler of all time,i'm a south africn
2 days, 21 hours, and 28 minutes
RT @dja17 ‎"No, It's wintertime, I'm going hunting, and I'm from Minnesota. It's that time of year. We just grow beards." - @DCBROCKLESNAR
2 days, 21 hours, and 28 minutes
RT @BigBourse @DCBROCKLESNAR love the Minnesota shout outs at the press conference!
2 days, 21 hours, and 30 minutes
RT @LOGANBANK5 @DCBROCKLESNAR My 28th bday is this sat ...can I get a RT from my favorite wrestler/fighter...seriously you rule!
2 days, 21 hours, and 30 minutes
RT @shaweet84 @DCBROCKLESNAR my son turns 1 sunday. We're watchin the fights as a nightcap! Kick ass champ! http://yfrog.com/6gwwzj
2 days, 21 hours, and 31 minutes
RT @johnson652 @DCBROCKLESNAR Can't wait til sat when you prove once again that you're the toughest s.o.b in the world. #fearthebeard
2 days, 21 hours, and 32 minutes
www.deathclutch.com RT @phildo8 just watched UFC primetime can't wait 4 Saturday go get em champ!! Where can I buy a walkout T at?
2 days, 21 hours, and 33 minutes
Check out this new video! http://bit.ly/aQH4vz
3 days, 3 hours, and 5 minutes
Join me for my Official Fight After Part @ Ecco: Come join me at my Official After Fight… http://goo.gl/fb/vuIhk #fb
4 days, 4 hours, and 18 minutes
UFC 121 Weigh Ins: I hope to see all #UFC fans at the UFC 121 Weigh Ins on Friday at 2 pm… http://goo.gl/fb/G5tYD #fb
4 days, 4 hours, and 53 minutes
RT @ufc We know Sat. night cant come soon enough, but this will have to hold you over: Tonight at 11:30pmET/PT - (cont) http://tl.gd/6i2sts
4 days, 21 hours, and 14 minutes
I want to thank all my fans that came out to the #UFC 121 Rally yesterday at Olvera St. Plaza!! It was awesome to feel your support!!
5 days, 2 hours, and 17 minutes
Here are some pics from ESPN shoot: I am shooting ESPN “Sports Science” show to promote… http://goo.gl/fb/DQ1wi #fb
5 days, 4 hours, and 36 minutes
More shots from ESPN shoot: Another shot from ESPN shoot. I am looking at my two… http://goo.gl/fb/9PjUF #fb
5 days, 4 hours, and 36 minutes
RT @dethrone: check out the @cainmma fan package @mmawarehouse http://bit.ly/d9ua5B
1 week, 9 hours, and 33 minutes
Go to whosright.com and vote on my fight .
1 week, 1 day, 4 hours, and 28 minutes
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