|New Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez|
UFC 121 had a stacked lineup and didn’t disappoint. From the prelims to the main event of the evening.
Brock Lesnar came running after Cain Velasquez once the bell rang and took him to the ground. But that was all Brock could do in this one-sided match. Cain worked his way back to his feet and then landed nearly every punch he threw. On the final knockdown, Cain just pounded him with elbows and punches to the face before referee Herb Dean put an end to this fight at the 4:12 mark.
|Brock Lesnar after the fight|
Brock was humble after the fight saying “He was better than me tonight.”
Cain Velasquez became the first Mexican heavyweight champion in MMA history and improved his record to 8-0.
Jake Shields made his UFC debut by defeating Matt Kampmann in a split decision. Most of the fight was on the ground. Shields looked exhausted towards the end of the 2nd round but managed to pull off the victory somehow. Kampmann was in control for most of the fight but the judges saw it differently. This victory for Shields could put him up for a title shot against the winner of George Saint-Pierre and Josh Koschek happening in December.
Diego Sanchez came back to win his fight with a unanimous decision after losing the first round to Paulo Thiago. After starting his career with 23 straight victories, Sanchez lost back to back fights and needed to get back on track. It was vintage Sanchez during the last 2 rounds.
Matt Hamill defeated his former coach from “The Ultimate Fighter,” Tito Ortiz. He won by unanimous decision and gave Ortiz his 4th loss in his last 5 fights. Should be interesting to see what happens to Ortiz in the near future.
Brendan Schaub also had an impressive win over Gabriel Gonzaga. He landed some big punches in every single round. All three judges scored this fight, 30-27 for a unanimous decision. Frank Mir could possibly be the next opponent for Schaub in the heavyweight division.
Amazing night of fights!
UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami
November 13, 2010
Free on Spike TV (7 p.m. – tape delay)