Cain Velasquez
American mixed martial artist
Cain Velasquez
Cain Ramirez Velasquez is a Mexican American mixed martial artist fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked the #2 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
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40 Under 40: Latinos In Sports
Huffington Post - 4 months
The 2016 sports season was filled with countless story lines ranging from redemptions, to walk off retirements and dramatic Olympic performances. And in the center of these were many influential Latinos. However, even though Latinos have made great strides in sports, the community still faces multiple barriers to entry. This can be seen in becoming a professional, and Olympic athlete, as well as in the disproportionate amount of diversity in management, journalism and ownership positions vis-a-vis to the constantly evolving percentage of players of color in the NFL, NBA, and MLB to name a few. Yet despite these obstacles various role models have cracked into this sector and have paved the way for many. Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) and Dan Le Batard (ESPN), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), Jose de Jesus Ortiz (St. Louis Dispatch), Tony Gonzalez (CBS), Jesse Sanchez (MLB), Angel Rodríguez (LA Times), Arturo "Artie"Moreno (Owner of LA Angels), Linda Alvarado (Owner of Colorado Rocki ...
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Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum rematch added to Ronda Rousey's UFC 207 card
LATimes - 4 months
Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s interest in taking some extra time off has resulted in the UFC placing a rematch of Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum onto the Dec. 30 UFC 207 card. The organization announced Thursday that top-ranked heavyweight Velasquez, who appeared to have a title shot clinched...
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With UFC 200 win and injury-free (!) training camp, Cain Velasquez wants Miocic-Overeem winner - MMAjunkie.com
Google News - 8 months
Fox News Latino With UFC 200 win and injury-free (!) training camp, Cain Velasquez wants Miocic-Overeem winner MMAjunkie.com The oft-injured former UFC heavyweight champion returned from a 13-month layoff in Saturday's UFC 200 pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. There, he largely dominated fellow contender Travis Browne (18-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) en route ... UFC 200 results recap: Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne fight review and analysisMMAmania.com UFC 200: Cain Velasquez on course for another title shotThe Mercury News Cain Velasquez Wants Heavyweight Title Shot After Lopsided UFC 200 VictorySherdog.com ESPN -Monterey County Herald -Bleacher Report -FOXSports.com all 59 news articles »
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UFC moves title-less Super Bowl card to Fox Sports 1
LATimes - about 1 year
The injuries of heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and former champion Cain Velasquez have scrapped an anticipated rematch for Feb. 6 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and prompted UFC leadership to move the planned pay-per-view card to Fox Sports 1, according to a television official. The new main event...
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Back injury sidelines Cain Velasquez; Stipe Miocic will fight Fabricio Werdum for UFC title
LATimes - about 1 year
Former champion Cain Velasquez’s bid to recapture his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight belt was postponed Sunday by a back injury. The UFC announced that contender Stipe Miocic, coming off an impressive 54-second knockout of veteran Andrei Arlovski on Jan. 2, will now fight champion Fabricio...
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Ronda Rousey Says She Could Beat '100 Percent' Of Men In Her Weight Class
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
UFC women’s bantamweight champion and all-around American badass Ronda Rousey said on ESPN’s Sportscenter Thursday that she believes she could beat “100 percent” of the UFC male fighters in her weight class. “UFC announcer Joe Rogan has stated that he thinks you might be able to beat 50 percent of UFC male bantamweight fighters,” Sportscenter anchor Matt Barrie said. “So now this debate has started. Ronda, what do you think of about Rogan’s comment?” "I never say that I'm incapable of beating anybody, because I don't believe in putting limits on myself," Rousey replied. "So I mean, I would have to say if you're just talking about what's in the realm of possibility of what's possible of who I could beat, well, I could beat 100 percent of them. But, um, you can't tell me that there's a zero percent chance that I can beat anyone on the planet, so I'm never gonna say that." The exchange starts around 2:55 Rousey was the star of the American sports scene last Saturday night wh ...
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Velasquez defends title, defeats JDS - FOXSports.com
Google News - over 3 years
FOXSports.com Velasquez defends title, defeats JDS FOXSports.com For the third time in two years, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos shared the Octagon with the UFC heavyweight title on the line. Much like he did in their second encounter, Velasquez controlled the contest with his full repertoire of skills and unrelenting ... Jeff Wagenheim: Velasquez dominates Dos Santos, proves place among ...SI.com Cain Velasquez defends UFC titleESPN UFC 166: Cain Velasquez defeats Junior Dos Santos by TKOLos Angeles Times USA TODAY -Telegraph.co.uk -CTV News all 420 news articles »
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Dos Santos gets edgy before Velasquez-JDS III - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
Washington Post Dos Santos gets edgy before Velasquez-JDS III USA TODAY Junior dos Santos is known as one of the nicer guys in mixed martial arts. Although the reputation might stick for a while, he has been trying to show he can step out from that label. Maybe he can have a bit of a mean side, too. Ahead of Saturday's rubber ... Velasquez TKOs Dos Santos to retain UFC beltABS CBN News UFC 166: Where to watch Velasquez vs. Dos Santos in Philly areaPhilly.com UFC 166: Cain Velasquez knocks out Junior dos Santos in fifth round to retain ...National Post Yahoo Eurosport UK -SI.com all 359 news articles »
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UFC 166 Preview: Velasquez, Dos Santos Vie for Heavyweight Crown
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Ultimate Fighting Championship heads back to Houston, Texas on Saturday, October 19, and for the third time in less than two years, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos will square off with the heavyweight championship of the world on the line. Already considered one of the UFC's all-time greatest rivalries, Velasquez and dos Santos, both 10-1 inside the UFC, split their previous two meetings, and this rubber match will determine, once and for all, who the "world's baddest man" is. Reigning champion Velasquez will enter the octagon at UFC 166 in the midst of a three-fight winning streak, including a dominating five-round decision victory over dos Santos last December, when he re-captured the heavyweight title. Dos Santos, on the other hand, is coming off a stunning knockout win over Mark Hunt in May, and is hungry to reclaim the belt he lost just 10 months ago. When the two first met in November 2011, then-champion Velasquez was touted as a heavy favorite, but just 64 seconds ...
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UFC 166 workouts, open to the fans, today at House of Blues
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
In advance of Saturday night’s UFC 166 event at the Toyota Center, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is holding an open workout today at the House of Blues. The event begins at 12:30, and fans are encouraged to attend. The venue is located at 1204 Caroline St, just a few blocks from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Fighters highlighted at the open workouts include heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, challenger (and former champion) Junior dos Santos, Gilbert Melendez, Diego Sanchez, Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier. UFC 166 takes place Saturday night and features the third fight between Velasquez and dos Santos. A small selection of $250 and $350 tickets are left at the Toyota Center Tix website.
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UFC 165 Kicks Off Title Tilt Season: Jones and Barao Look to Defend Straps
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been working overtime of late, promoting four events as well as unveiling the 18th season of flagship reality series The Ultimate Fighter. This increase in fights has been met with mixed reviews, but for the remainder of 2013, the UFC has lined up its best, putting eight of its nine titles on the line in the next three months, beginning this Saturday, September 21, when light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looks to defend his belt for a record-setting sixth time against Alexander Gustafsson, and interim bantamweight king Renan Barao takes on challenger Eddie Wineland. With champions Cain Velasquez (heavyweight, 10/19), Georges St. Pierre (welterweight, 11/16), Demetrious Johnson (flyweight, 11/30), Anthony Pettis (lightweight, 12/14), Chris Weidman (middleweight, 12/28), and Ronda Rousey (women's bantamweight, 12/28) all set to defend their titles before the end of the year, the UFC has put together an impressive lineup of fights cards, but befor ...
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UFC 166 adds Sarah Kaufman vs. Jessica “Evil” Eye
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
UFC 166 at the Toyota Center has added a women’s bantamweight fight between Sarah Kaufman and recent signee Jessica “Evil” eye. The UFC confirmed the fight with the Houston Chronicle on Friday afternoon. Kaufman (16-2) was scheduled to face Sara McMann at next week’s UFC on Fox Sports 1 event in Indianapolis, but an injury to McMann left the former Strikeforce champion without an opponent. After a brief search for a replacement opponent, Kaufman was pulled from the card. Eye (10-1) has competed several times under the Bellator banner prior to the promotion recently dissolving its female divisions. Her signing with the UFC was revealed by Ariel Helwani on Tuesday night’s episode of UFC Tonight. The event takes place on October 19 and is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. More details to follow.
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Charles Oliveira vs. Estevan Payan at UFC 166
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Houston-based Charles Oliveira will face Estevan Payan on the UFC 166 card at the Toyota Center on October 19. The UFC confirmed the news to the Houston Chronicle on Thursday. Oliveira last competed at UFC 162, where he put on a good showing in a losing effort against Frankie Edgar. The loss was Oliveira’s second in a row and dropped his UFC record to 4-4-1, but he earned Fight of the Night honors for his performance. Payan made his UFC debut in May, losing a unanimous decision to Jeremy Stephens. Previously, he’d competed under the Strikeforce banner and had scored five consecutive wins in a row. UFC 166 is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, with Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson meeting in the co-main event. Tickets for the event are sold out.
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Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman at UFC 162 kicks off massive second half ... - Bloody Elbow
Google News - over 3 years
ESPN Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman at UFC 162 kicks off massive second half ... Bloody Elbow A look at the eleven biggest fights in combat sports for the second half of 2013. Including title defenses by Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Cain Velasquez and the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.  Share on ... ROUNDTABLE: Will Frankie Edgar win at UFC 162 and move back to the title ...MMATorch Anderson Silva gets rematch with UFC 162 loss; with win, superfight on tableMMAjunkie.com Chris Weidman Puts Motivation For Anderson Silva Bout on Refrigerator (Photo)FanSided Bleacher Report -MMAWeekly -New York Daily News all 122 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cain Velasquez
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    Velasquez next faced Travis Browne on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200.
    More Details Hide Details He won the fight via TKO in the closing seconds of the first round. Velasquez utilizes powerful and extremely swift punching combinations. He typically starts with a jab, follows up with a hard straight right, and then adds hooks and uppercuts as the fight progresses. He is strong in the clinch, where he throws long combinations that typically end in a takedown. If Velasquez knocks his opponent to the ground during a fight, he often uses grappling skills to maintain a dominant position while he continues to strike from above. He does not usually attempt submissions. All of his wins have either come by striking from punches, or by decision.
    A rematch with Werdum was expected to take place on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82 until both fighters backed out citing injuries.
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  • 2015
    Age 32
    A rescheduled bout with UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum took place on June 13, 2015, at UFC 188.
    More Details Hide Details In a back-and-forth affair, Velasquez lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the third round.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On October 23, 2014, Velasquez underwent successful surgery to repair his torn meniscus.
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    However, on October 21, 2014, it was announced that Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee, and will be replaced by Mark Hunt.
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    On April 29, 2014, the UFC announced that Velasquez and Fabrício Werdum had been selected as coaches for the inaugural installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, with the two expected to face each other on November 15, 2014, at UFC 180.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    A rubber match with Junior dos Santos took place at UFC 166 on October 19, 2013, in Houston, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Velasquez defended his title for a second time again defeating dos Santos in a mostly one-sided affair ending in TKO at 3:09 of the fifth round.
    In his first title defense Velasquez defeated Antônio Silva in a rematch on May 25, 2013, at UFC 160.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated him via TKO (punches) at 1:21 seconds into the first round.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    A rematch was expected with Junior dos Santos on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was later announced by Dana White that the date for the rematch had been set to December 29 at UFC 155. In the rematch, Velasquez defeated Dos Santos in a dominating performance via a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44) to regain the UFC heavyweight title. Velasquez became the first fighter in UFC history to post triple digits in significant strikes landed and double digits in takedowns landed in a single fight, landing 111 significant strikes and 11 takedowns in his second fight against Dos Santos.
    Velasquez was originally set to fight Frank Mir on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146.
    More Details Hide Details However, Mir was moved up to face Junior dos Santos after Alistair Overeem was suspended for elevated testosterone levels. Velasquez instead faced Antônio Silva. Velasquez defeated Silva via first round TKO, in a fight that saw Silva bleed profusely from his forehead. After the fight, Dana White strongly hinted that Velasquez would be the next fighter to challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. It is widely thought that the reason White made the decision to have the rematch with Dos Santos at such an unexpected time, was because of the fact that both fighters were injured going into their first fight.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Velasquez was expected to make his first title defense against Junior dos Santos, with a target date of November 19, 2011 at UFC 139, but the fight was later moved to November 12, 2011, to headline the first UFC on Fox 1 event.
    More Details Hide Details Velasquez suffered his first loss, via KO (punches), at 1 minute and 4 seconds of the first round at the hands of then title contender, Junior dos Santos. While not public information at the time, it was later revealed that Dos Santos already had a minor knee injury (a torn meniscus), and took an injection of cortisone into the knee before the fight, followed by information revealing that Velasquez had re-injured his rotator cuff approximately a week before the fight. Junior dos Santos would undergo knee surgery following the fight.
    The couple married on May 28, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 27
    Velasquez faced former Pride Heavyweight Champion and former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on February 20, 2010 at UFC 110.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the fight, some commentators predicted that Nogueira would take the victory due to a supposed lack of striking power for Velasquez. They were proven wrong when Velasquez defeated Nogueira via first round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honors. With his victory over Nogueira, Velasquez earned a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight with then-champ Brock Lesnar. UFC President Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would be bringing back UFC Primetime to promote Lesnar vs. Velasquez. Velasquez defeated Lesnar via TKO in the first round, earning Knockout of the Night honors. Velasquez suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder during his fight with Lesnar and was expected to be sidelined for at least six to eight months. Surgery on the shoulder was successful and Velasquez planned to return as early as Fall 2011.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    Velasquez made his MMA debut on October 7, 2006 against Jesse Fujarczyk at Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello, he won by TKO in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details Velasquez faced then undefeated Jeremiah Constant at BodogFight: St. Petersburg, he won via TKO in the first round at the 4 minute mark. Velasquez made his UFC debut against Brad Morris at UFC 83 and won by TKO in the first round. In his next fight, Velasquez defeated Jake O'Brien at UFC Fight Night 14 via TKO in round one. Velasquez then faced Denis Stojnić at UFC Fight Night 17 and the fight was stopped in round two with Velasquez earning the victory by TKO. Velasquez earned Knockout of the Night honors for his performance. Velasquez's next fight was at UFC 99 against former kickboxer and heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo. Velasquez was once again dominant, landing 251 strikes and winning the bout by unanimous decision (30–27 on all cards). His next opponent was expected to be Shane Carwin with the winner likely challenging for the UFC Heavyweight Championship held by Brock Lesnar. However, that bout was scrapped and Velasquez was instead told he would be fighting UFC newcomer Ben Rothwell at UFC 104. He defeated Rothwell by second round TKO.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    He wrestled for the Sun Devils for three seasons and compiled a record of 86–17, placing 5th in the country in 2005, and 4th in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details While at ASU, Velasquez also wrestled alongside future UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway. Cain began his mixed martial arts career right after college, joining American Kickboxing Academy. Velasquez is a brown belt in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu under Dave Camarillo, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leandro Viera, and an NCAA Division I Wrestler.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on July 28, 1982.
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