Former college wrestling champ Cain Velasquez needed just 4:12 to win the UFC heavyweight title in Oct. 2010; he lost the belt in much less time — 64 seconds — to Junior dos Santos at the first UFC on Fox broadcast Saturday night from Anaheim, Calif.
With one punch, the 27-year-old dos Santos ended Velasquez’s UFC title rein, wrecked the former Arizona State matman’s perfect record in mixed martial arts competition, and left the folks at Fox and Ultimate Fighting Championships scrambling to fill the hour that had been reserved for the over-the-air telecast, the first in the 18-year history of the UFC.
According to the Associated Press report, “Dos Santos hit Velasquez with an overhand right early in the first round, staggering the previously unbeaten champion to the canvas. The Brazilian challenger jumped onto Velasquez, who defended himself briefly before finally succumbing to Dos Santos’ relentless ground-and-pound blows.”
Here’s what he MMA website Sherdog.com wrote in its play-by-play: “Dos Santos uncorks with a massive overhand right behind the champion’s ear and Velasquez goes down. Dos Santos pounces and wallops away with powerful lefts until the belly-down Velasquez is rescued by (referee John) McCarthy.”
Velasquez had won the UFC heavyweight title with a TKO of Brock Lesnar (2000 NCAA champ for University of Minnesota) at 4:12 of the first round at UFC 121 on Oct. 24, 2010, also at Anaheim.
Prior to entering MMA competition, Velasquez had been an NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) champ at Iowa Central Community College, then, wrestled for three years at Arizona State, where he was a two-time NCAA All-American.
With the win, dos Santos is now 14-1-0, while Velasquez’ record is 9-1.
Want to know more? Read the Associated Press’ article about dos Santos-Velasquez on UFC on Fox.. and Sherdog.com’s play-by-play account as well as their wrap-up.
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