Cain Velasquez didn't waste much time in his UFC debut: scoring a first-round TKO of Brad Morris at UFC 83.
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The Salinas, Calif., native scored a second straight opening-round TKO in his sophomore UFC outing, against Jake O'Brien.
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Velasquez picked up his first career Knockout of the Night bonus with yet another knockout against Denis Stojnic when the two faced off on July 19, 2008.
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In Velasquez's only fight to date that wasn't ended inside the distance, the former Arizona State grappler dominated Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany.
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Velasquez inched closer to a UFC heavyweight title shot when he stopped Ben Rothwell early in the second-round of their UFC 104 meeting on Oct. 24, 2009.
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With a shot at Brock Lesnar's UFC heavyweight title at stake, Velasquez came through in the most dramatic way possible: starching Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the first round at UFC 110 on Feb. 20, 2010. The highlight-reel finish earned him Knockout of the Night honors.
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Velasquez became the 15th heavyweight champion in UFC history when he scored a first-round TKO of Brock Lesnar that made him the first Mexican-American to win a heavyweight title in boxing or MMA.
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After losing the belt to Junior dos Santos in his first defense, Velasquez got back in the win column in dramatic fashion with a first round TKO of Antonio Silva at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012.
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Cain Velasquez (top) got the better of Junior dos Santos during their heavyweight championship rematch. Velasquez regained the title by unanimous decision.
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