After handily dominating MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cain Velasquez can now safely be assumed to be one of the best MMA fighters in the world. Undefeated in his professional MMA career, Velasquez is now poised to compete for the UFC heavyweight title.
Velasquez began the fight with a series of leg blows to Nogueira, from which Nogueira never recovered. Velasquez landed a two-punch combination to send Nogueira to the canvass and then with only 2 minutes and 20 seconds into the first round, proceeded to blast Nogueira with a flury of punches.
"I trained hard for this fight, for the stand-up part of it," Velasquez said. "We were planning on pushing the pace wherever we could. Stay on the outside, work the stand-up, and, when the takedown was there, take it. Just kind of keep him off balance the whole time."
Nogueira, an MMA legend with championships in both Pride and UFC had nothing but praise for Velasquez.
"He had fast hands tonight, and he deserved to win. He was an upcoming guy. He's one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division."