Cain Velasquez was born in Salinas, California in the United States on July 28th in 1982. Velasquez is a Mexican-American who excelled as a wrestler in high school and college and decided to see how his talents would fare in MMA. With a background in wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing Velasquez was able to excel in the pros as well.
In 2006 Velasquez made his pro debut for Strikeforce and scored a 1st round knockout. His next fight was with Bellator where he again scored a 1st round knockout. Velasquez then joined the UFC in 2008 and after going 8-0 he defeated Brock Lesnar via 1st round knockout at UFC 121 in 2010 to win the UFC heavyweight championship.
Velasquez lost the title to Junior Dos Santos in his first title defense but exacted revenge on Dos Santos in 2012 when he won a 5 round war to reclaim the title. After two successful title defenses Velasquez was submitted in the 3rd round by Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 to end his title run.
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