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Cain Velasquez

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  • Name: Cain Velasquez
  • MMA Record: 14-2-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1982.07.28
  • Last Fight: July 09, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 242.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 77.0" (196cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,714,000 USD
  • Born: Salinas, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: San Jose, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • Head Coach: Bob Cook
  • Other Coaches: N/A

Cain Velasquez Heavyweight Ranking History

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Cain Velasquez MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Cancelled Bout Fabrício Werdum UFC 207 2016.12.30
Reason: Velasquez Removed Due to Health Concerns
Win | KO/TKO
4:57 Round 1 of 3

Us Travis Browne
13-2-0 18-3-1

Us UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2016.07.09
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $350,000 ($300K Base, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 242.5 lbs (110.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC 200 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Fabrício Werdum UFC UFN 82 2016.02.06
Reason: Velasquez Back Injury
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:13 Round 3 of 5, 12:13 Total

Br Fabrício Werdum
13-1-0 19-5-1

Mx UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2015.06.13
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs (109.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#86 Greatest Submission of All Time
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#2 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC 188 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Fabrício Werdum UFC 180 2014.11.15
Reason: Velasquez Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:09 Round 5 of 5, 23:09 Total

Br Junior dos Santos
12-1-0 16-2-0

Us UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.10.19
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 241.0 lbs (109.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:21 Round 1 of 5

Br Antônio Silva
11-1-0 18-4-0

Us UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.05.25
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $400,000 Base | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs (108.9 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Junior dos Santos
10-1-0 15-1-0

Us UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2012.12.29
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs (108.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#17 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#43 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:36 Round 1 of 3

Br Antônio Silva
9-1-0 16-3-0

Us UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.05.26
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 240.0 lbs (108.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Vicente Fernández - Los Mandados
Cancelled Bout Frank Mir UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Mir to Title Fight
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:04 Round 1 of 5

Br Junior dos Santos
9-0-0 13-1-0

Us UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Main Event | Title Defense | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.11.12
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 249.0 lbs (112.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#54 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#11 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC on FOX 1 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:12 Round 1 of 5

Us Brock Lesnar
8-0-0 5-1-0

Us UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2010.10.23
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $270,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus, $70K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 244.0 lbs (110.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Vicente Fernández - Los Mandados
#9 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#9 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
UFC 121 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:20 Round 1 of 3

Br Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
7-0-0 32-5-1

Au UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.02.20
Odds: +101 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 242.0 lbs (109.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#5 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#56 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#20 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 110 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC 108 2010.01.02
Reason: Nogueira Staph Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:58 Round 2 of 3, 5:58 Total

Us Ben Rothwell
6-0-0 30-6-0

Us UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.10.24
Odds: -308 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($35K Base, $35K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs (108.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Vicente Fernández - Los Mandados
Cancelled Bout Heath Herring UFC 99 2009.06.13
Reason: Herring Illness
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Fr Cheick Kongo
5-0-0 14-4-1

De UFC 99: The Comeback
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.06.13
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs (108.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Don Omar - Reggaeton Latino
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:34 Round 2 of 3, 7:34 Total

Ba Denis Stojnić
4-0-0 5-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.02.07
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus, $30K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs (108.4 kgs) | Referee: Jorge Ortiz
UFC Fight Night 17 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:02 Round 1 of 3

Us Jake O'Brien
3-0-0 10-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.07.19
Odds: -333 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 236.0 lbs (107.0 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:10 Round 1 of 3

Au Brad Morris
2-0-0 10-2-0

Ca UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.04.19
Odds: -283 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 235.5 lbs (106.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Jeremiah Constant

Ru Russia Regional

2006.12.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:58 Round 1 of 3

Us Jesse Fujarczyk
0-0-0 3-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.10.07
Weigh-In: 234.0 lbs (106.1 kgs) | Referee: Marcos Rosales

Cain Velasquez Wiki Update Wiki

Heavyweight juggernaut Cain Velasquez burst onto the MMA scene in 2006, winning his first two professional fights by TKO (punches) in the first round before he was, reportedly, unable to find another opponent willing to fight him. This prompted a premature move to the UFC, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world, in 2008, before Velasquez had fully developed.


With some unsure of Velasquez’s chances in the reinvigorated heavyweight division, the Mexican-American heavyweight quickly silenced the skeptics with a series of crushing wins over Brad Morris, Jake O’Brien, Denis Stojnic, Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and MMA legend and former UFC and Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, finishing all of them save for Kongo with strikes. His smothering attacking style and eerie calm in the Octagon had UFC announcer Joe Rogan anointing him one of the “spookiest,” and best, young prospects in the organization. Meanwhile, some of those who trained with Velazquez behind closed doors were already calling him the best heavyweight in the world.


Velasquez became the UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 121 when he convincingly tore through the mammoth title-holder Brock Lesnar. Cain's boxing technique and swiftness in escaping difficult positions were instrumental in his ability to weather a blitzing attack from Lesnar and then seize control of the fight.


An All-American Division I collegiate wrestler from Arizona State University, Velasquez often utilizes his wrestling for positional control and advancement in the cage, moving his opponents around and tiring them out in order to open them up to a vicious striking assault on the ground. In recent performances, Velasquez has also demonstrated crisp stand-up skills and seamless transitions, a result of his training with American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. Cain is also a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu earning the rank of Black Belt under Leandro Vieira however we are yet to see Cain utilise his submission skills inside the octagon.


Cain would lose the heavyweight championship in his first title defense to Junior Dos Santos. The fight was stopped at 1:04 in the first round via TKO with Junior Dos Santos walking away with the belt. Cain would return to the ring with a vengeance at UFC 146 versus Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Velasquez would completely dominate his opponent on his way to a 1st round TKO that saw a lot of blood shed from Bigfoot. This would lead to the much anticipated rematch against JDS at UFC 155.


In his rematch with dos Santos, Velasquez was able to silence many critics and showed what he was truly capable of. He was able to dominate the champion in every aspect of the fight from striking to grappling. After battering him in the first round on the feet, Cain was able to take Junior down at will for the remainder of the fight. This was even more remarkable since many believed that Junior had the best take down defense in the Heavyweight division. Even though his opponent's face was badly swollen after the fight, it looked as though Velasquez had taken very minimal damage. 


Cain would then fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a rematch however this time the belt was on the line at UFC 160. Velasquez would make even quicker work of Silva this time around finishing him in the first again to successfully defend his Heavyweight title for the first time.


Velasquez again met Dos Santos in the Octagon when they headlined UFC 166 to complete their trilogy and again fight for the Heavyweight crown. In a fight that had many parallels to their second meeting, Velasquez was able to this time stop JDS in the fifth round via TKO in the fifth round to retain his title. Their epic trilogy has been called one of the best in the history of MMA and proved that both men are two of the greatest heavyweights to ever compete. After the fight, Velasquez was thought to have a shoulder injury, but it was believed that surgery was unnecessary. When the condition did not improve after a couple months, surgery was preformed to repair a torn labrum. He is expected to be sidelined until late 2014.

Last updated 01.04.2017, 8:43 PM ET
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