April 30, 2015 It’s boxing vs MMA heavyweight battle on the Sportsnation punching power machine as Evander The Real Deal Holyfield and Cain Velasquez put their punch to the test.
about Cain Velasquez
Cain Ramirez Velasquez (born July 28, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. As of January 26, 2016, he is #15 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and is ranked the #2 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Cain Velasquez was born in Salinas, California to Efrain and Isabel Velasquez. Efrain moved to the U.S.A. from Mexico, where he met American-born Isabel, they started a relationship and later married, which allowed Efrain to attain US citizenship. The Velasquez family had three children: Efrain Jr., Adela and Cain.
Cain was raised in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from Kofa High School, where he compiled a record of 110–10 in four years of wrestling, including winning the 5A Arizona Wrestling Championship twice. Velasquez also played football for three years. As a senior, he served as captain of both his wrestling and tackle football teams. As a tackle football player, he played linebacker.
After high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College, wrestling for one season (2001–02) and winning the NJCAANational Championship in the heavyweight (285 lb limit) division. Afterwards, Velasquez transferred to Arizona State University.
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. While at ASU, Velasquez also wrestled alongside future UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
UFC Heavyweight Champion
With his victory over Nogueira, Velasquez earned a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight with then-champ Brock Lesnar. UFC President Dana White announced viaSportsNation 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.
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.
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.