Velasquez stuns Lesnar in first, claims heavyweight title
New UFC champion Cain Velasquez sent14,856 fans into a frenzy by stopping Lesnar with strikes in the first round of UFC 121’s main even. The action-heavy affair saw the entire building on its feet throughout the matchup.
Lesnar came out like gangbusters in the opening frame of the headlining bout in a clear bid to gain top position on the mat. But he ran headlong into the challenger, and the two traded wildly before a second try got him what he wanted.
That was the last ray of sunshine for the former WWE professional wrestler.
Velasquez popped up like a jack-in-the-box and charged back with his own takedown. Punches came at Lesnar on both sides as he struggled to stand, and when he did, Velasquez had him cornered. Still, Lesnar fired back with punches. But Velasquez rocked him in a subsequent exchange, and he tumbled to the mat.
From there, Velasquez rained down punches overhead, and it looked as though the fight would be ended in seconds. But Lesnar somehow survived, and Velasquez’s punches seemed to slow.
Lesnar righted himself and shortly afterward took another hard punch that dropped him once again. Curled up and rolling away as Velasquez continued to rain down strikes, referee Herb Dean ended the punishment with 59 seconds left in the first round.
“He’s a great fighter,” Lesnar said afterward. “Congratulations, Cain. What can I say? He was better than me tonight.”