In a minute, Dos Santos is new UFC heavyweight champ
Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first live event on network television from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday night. The main event was a heavyweight title match between champion Cain Velasquez and No.1 contender Junior dos Santos.
Before the fight UFC president Dana White said about Velasquez “I believe he is the best heavyweight world.” And former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, working as a color commentator, said he believed Velasquez would win the fight.
But fights aren’t won or lost with words. They are settled in the cage. And in the cage it took dos Santos (14-1) just 64 seconds to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.
Ringside announcer Bruce Buffer took longer to introduce the fighters before the fight, than the entire fight itself.The first 40-seconds had Velasquez coming forward with both fighters connecting on punches. At the 55-second mark, the challenger dos Santos hit Velasquez with an overhand right to the side of Velasquez's head. The punch wobbled the champion. “He kind of messed up my equilibrium and it was a good shot and he has a lot of power,” Velasquez said.
After Velasquez fell to the canvas, dos Santos stood over the former champion and pounded out a TKO (punches) win at 1:04 of the first round. "It's amazing, my life. I have a lot of good people around me," dos Santos said. “Cain Velasquez was for sure my toughest opponent. I was scared to fight him because he is tough.”
In the end it was a bad game plan by Velasquez, who decided to box with a boxer. Velasquez's strength is his wresting and his incredible stamina and he didn’t get a chance to display either.The Brazilian dos Santos walked out to the cage to the theme song from Rocky.
Getting strong now
Won't be long now
Getting strong nowHe walked out to the cage the underdog, but left the top dog.
It was announced that 60 million people watched the fight in his native Brazil.
Below are the full undercard results.
Mike Pierce won by split decision over Paul Bradley.Alex Caceres won by unanimous decision over Cole Escovedo.
Robert Peralta won by TKO (Accidental Head-Butt and Punches) over Mackens Semerzier.
Darren Uyenoyama won by unanimous decision over Norifumi Yamamoto.
DaMarques Johnson won by TKO (Punches) over Clay Harvison at 1:34 of the first round.
Ricardo Lamas won by submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) over Cub Swanson at 2:16 of the second round.
Dustin Poirier won by submission (Brabo Choke) over Pablo Garza at 1:32 of the second round.
Ben Henderson won by unanimous decision over Clay Guida.