Cain Ramirez Velasquez (born July 28, 1982 in Salinas, California) is an American MMA fighter of Mexican descent. He is a two-time All-American collegiate wrestler from Arizona State and a Junior College National Champ at Iowa Central Community College. He is a two-time 5A state champion in Arizona for Kofa High School located in Yuma, Arizona under Shawn Rustad and Marty Niblo. He currently competes in the UFC in the heavyweight division. As of March 2010, he is ranked as the #4 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Velasquez's next opponent was scheduled to be Shane Carwin for the number one contendership of the UFC Heavyweight Championship held by Brock Lesnar. On August 20 however, it was announced Cain Velasquez would no longer be fighting Shane Carwin at UFC 104 for the opportunity to challenge Brock Lesnar, as the UFC have rescheduled Carwin to face Lesnar at UFC 106.
Velasquez was booked to face former Pride Heavyweight Champion and former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. Dana White had promised the winner a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title after Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin fight, though Carwin is now scheduled to fight Frank Mir at UFC 111. The bout between Velasquez and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira was cancelled due to Nogueira's staph infection. The bout was then moved to February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.
Going into the fight, some media sources predicted that Nogueira would take the victory due to a supposed lack of striking power for Velasquez. They were proven wrong when Velasquez defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 via knockout (Punches) at 2:20 of round 1. In doing so, Velasquez became the second man alongside Frank Mir to defeat Noguiera by way of knockout, and this lead to him becoming the standby fighter for a heavyweight title shot if the winner of the UFC 111 fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin was unable to compete against the champion Brock Lesnar
As a proud Mexican-American, Velasquez speaks English and Spanish fluently and has been a guest star on the Spanish-language TV networks Telemundo and Univision. He was also seen in the Wisin & Yandel's official music video of "Te Siento".
Cain, who trains at AKA, won the BJJ blue belt championships roughly a year after starting submission grappling. He currently holds a purple belt under Dave Camarillo.
- Two-time All-American collegiate wrestler
- Knockout of the Night Honors (2x)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|13||8 wins||0 losses|
|Win||8-0||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||TKO (Punches)||UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez||February 21, 2010||1||2:20||Sydney, Australia||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||7–0||Ben Rothwell||TKO (Punches)||UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun||October 24, 2009||2||0:58||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Win||6–0||Cheick Kongo||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 99: The Comeback||June 13, 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||5–0||Denis Stojnić||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||2||2:34||Tampa, Florida||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||4–0||Jake O'Brien||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||1||2:02||Las Vegas, Nevada United States|
|Win||3–0||Brad Morris||TKO (Punches)||UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II||April 19, 2008||1||2:10||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||UFC Debut|
|Win||2–0||Jeremiah Constant||TKO (Punches)||Bodog Fight: St. Petersburg||December 16, 2006||1||4:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Jesse Fujarczyk||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||October 7, 2006||1||1:58||Fresno, California|
|Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello||"Last Resort" by Papa Roach|
|UFC 83||"Fuel for the Fire" by Anvil|
|UFC Fight Night 17||"Reggaeton Latino" by Don Omar|
|UFC 99||"Reggaeton Latino" by Don Omar|
|UFC 104||"Los Mandados" by Vicente Fernández|
|UFC 110||"Los Mandados" by Vicente Fernández|
- ↑ Arizona State Player Bio.
- ↑ Gerbasi, Thomas (April 13, 2008). New Blood for the Heavies - Cain Velasquez makes his UFC Debut. UFC.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-23122
- ↑ http://www.fightline.com/news/mma/2009/0701/423660/shane_carwin/index.shtml
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120719182726/mmajunkie.com/news/15921/brock-lesnar-and-shane-carwin-in-discussions-to-meet-at-ufc-106-in-las-vegas.mma
- ↑ http://www.inentertainment.co.uk/20091025/cain-velasquez-vs-ben-rothwell-ufc-104-results/
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- ↑ http://archive.is/20120716201022/mmajunkie.com/news/18024/ufc-110-main-card-recap-velasquez-stuns-nogueira-in-first-silva-returns-to-win-column.mma
- ↑ http://archive.is/20131014093708/mmajunkie.com/news/18031/white-by-beating-best-heavyweight-of-all-time-ufc-110s-velasquez-title-fight-standby.mma
- ↑ Raising Cain: An MMAmania.com interview exclusive with Cain Velasquez. MMAMANIA.com (2009-05-06). Retrieved on 2009-05-10.
- ↑ Cain Velasquez: I've Been Ready for Brock Lesnar for a While. MMAFIGHTING.com (2010-03-01). Retrieved on 2010-03-04.
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=dm-velasquez071408&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
- Cain Velasquez's Profile at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Internet Movie Database
- Arizona State Wrestling Bio