|Association||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Weight Class||Heavyweight (240 lbs.)|
|Height||6′ 1″ (185 cm)|
|Reach||77in (195.6 cm)|
|Birth Date||July 28, 1982|
|Fighting Out Of||San Jose, California|
|Cain Velasquez Pictures||[http://www.ufc.com/CainVelasquez Velasquez’s Official Site]|
”’Cain Velasquez”’ is an American born mixed martial artist of Mexican descent. He is the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, winning the title by defeating former WWE super-star Brock Lesnar by TKO (Punches) at UFC 121 Lesnar vs Velasquez, but losing it in his first title defense, against Brazilian power-house Junior Dos Santos on the first UFC on Fox TV, that took place on November 12, 2011.
He’s a former 2-Time All-American collegiate wrestler from Arizona State and a Junior College National Champ at Iowa Central Community College. He was a two time 5A state champ in AZ for Kofa High School under Shawn Rustad & Marty Niblo.
== Professional Record ==
|Record||12 – 1 – 0 (Win ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Loss ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚â‚¬Ã‚“ Draw)|
|Win||Antonio Silva||TKO (Punches)||UFC 160 Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2||5/25/2013||1||1:21||Defended UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Junior Dos Santos||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 155 Dos Santos vs Velasquez 2||12/29/2012||5||5:00||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Antonio Silva||TKO (Punches)||UFC 146 Dos Santos vs Mir||5/26/2012||1||3:36|
|Loss||Junior Dos Santos||KO (Punches)||UFC on Fox 1 Velasquez vs Dos Santos||11/12/2011||1||1:04||Lost UFC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||Brock Lesnar||TKO (Punches)||UFC 121 Lesnar vs Velasquez||10/23/2010||1||4:11||Won UFC Heavyweight Championship and Knockout of the Night|
|Win||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||TKO (Punches)||UFC 110 Nogueira vs Velasquez||2/21/2010||1||2:20||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||Ben Rothwell||TKO (Punches)||UFC 104 Machida vs Shogun||10/24/2009||2||0:58|
|Win||Cheick Kongo||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 99 The Comeback||6/13/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Denis Stojnic||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 17 Lauzon vs Stephens||2/07/2009||2||2:34||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||[[Jake O’Brien]]||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 14 Silva vs Irvin||7/19/2008||1||2:02|
|Win||Brad Morris||TKO (Punches)||[[UFC 83 Serra vs St. Pierre 2]]||4/19/2008||1||2:10||UFC debut|
|Win||Jeremiah Constant||TKO (Punches)||Bodog Fight: Clash of the Nations||12/16/2006||1||4:00|
|Win||Jesse Fujarczyk||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce Tank vs Buentello||10/07/2006||1||1:58|
== Mixed Martial Arts Career ==
Cain Velasquez began competing in professional mixed martial arts in 2006. In his debut he faced Jesse Fujarczyk on October 7, 2006 at Strikeforce Tank vs Buentello. He stopped the fight before the two minute mark of the first round via TKO (Punches). In his second professional bout, he defeated his opponent via TKO (Punches) once again in the first round, at a Bodog Fight event.
=== UFC Career ===
Finding it hard to find competition, Velasquez signed with the UFC in hopes to fight top-tier Heavyweights. He was considered an up-and-coming prospect, to boost the UFC’s Heavyweight division, which had been in shambles.
Velasquez won his UFC debut at [[UFC 83 Serra vs St. Pierre II]] against Brad Morris due to strikes in the 1st round. After making his UFC debut at UFC 83 Velasquez faced [[Jake O’Brien]] at UFC Fight Night 14 Silva vs Irvin. Velasquez won the fight via TKO in round 1. Velasquez then faced Denis Stojnic at UFC Fight Night 17 Lauzon vs Stephens. The fight was stopped in round two with Velasquez earning the victory by TKO, and Velasquez won the Knockout of the Night Honors in the process.
Velasquez made a name for himself by using his superior Wrestling to ground and pound his way to a unanimous decision victory over highly touted Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 The Comeback. He was next expected to fight Shane Carwin at UFC 104 Machida vs Shogun, but Carwin was given a title shot against Brock Lesnar instead, placing Velasquez against Ben Rothwell, who was making his UFC debut. The bout took place at UFC 104 Machida vs Shogun, and Velasquez, once again, used his superior wrestling to control the bout, winning by TKO (Punches) at 0:58 of the second round. Many considered the stoppage unjustified, as Rothwell was taking damage, but seemed to continue fighting to improve his position. Joe Rogan made a point to say that the hype surrounding Velasquez was justified by his win over Rothwell.
Velasquez was pitted against former UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, and Dana White had stated that the winner of the bout would most likely earn the next shot at the UFC Heavyweight title, but a serious staph infection forced Nogueira to pull out of the event, but the bout was rescheduled for UFC 110 Nogueira vs Velasquez, but with the title shot partially on hold. With Champion Brock Lesnar out indefinitely, the UFC set up an Interim title between the two top Heavyweights not scheduled to face off against one another, Shane Carwin, who was supposed to face off against Lesnar for the title, until the Champ came down with the illness, and Frank Mir. In mid-January 2010, it was announced that Lesnar would in fact return to action, as he had gotten better, and he would face off against the winner of the Carwin vs Mir bout in his return bout. Dana White, though, did say that if neither Carwin or Mir were capable of fighting Lesnar at the time of the bout, the winner of the Nogueira vs Velasquez bout would get the shot at Lesnar.
Come February 20, 2010, Velasquez was crisper on his feet, where he punished the legs of Nogueira, who seemed uninterested in checking the blows, and his hands snuck in on a few different occasions. Nogueira stood firm in his ground and tried to trade, but he was always a step behind. As the two heavyweights stood toe-to-toe, both launched powerful hooks. Velasquez’s scored first, and Nogueira crumpled to the floor. In a rare sight, Velasquez pounced on a wounded Nogueira, and his follow-up shots left no doubt to the need for a stoppage at the 2:20 mark of the opening frame. Velasquez won the Knockout of the Night Honors for his impressive performance.
== Ranks and Titles ==
* Two-time All-American in wrestling for Arizona State
* Two-time Pac-10 Champion
* Junior College National Champion for Iowa Central Community College
* Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
== Personal Life ==
Cain and his girlfriend welcomed a daughter named Coral Love Velasquez on May 6, 2009. Velasquez speaks English and Spanish, and has been a guest star on the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo.