Cain Velasquez has been a gym legend for years, but the MMA legend of Cain Velasquez likely started tonight with a first-round knockout of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Velasquez was faster, stronger and more precise with his punches than the slow-footed Nogueira and dominated the fight in the minute or so before the knockout. Velasquez caught Nogueira with a nasty right hook that dropped Nogueira to the mat and followed it up with a few punches on the ground before the bout was stopped.
After the fight, Nogueira said that Velasquez wasn’t simply an up and coming fighter any more — he’s one of the best in the heavyweight division. And that appears to be true, as his lethal combination of power, wrestling, cardio and a newfound technical boxing game will be a lot to handle for just about any heavyweight on the planet — Brock Lesnar included.