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This was being billed by some as the greatest heavyweight fight ever in UFC history. The physical phenom in Brock Lesnar was betting his athleticism could overcome his relative inexperience. He was also betting it was too much for the challenger Cain Velasquez to handle - no matter the AKA product's gas tank, no matter his technical superiority.
And technical superiority it was. There wasn't even a mark on Velasquez's face.
While Lesnar was able to execute takedowns and even unload punishment of his own, this night belonged to Cain Velasquez. The idea that where Carwin fell off Cain could continue was true. Cain took his time to finish and that he did.
This is the first combat sports champion of Mexican origin in the heavyweight ranks.
The stoppage was fair. Lesnar turned his back, forcing the referee to stop the fight.
UPDATE [from Luke Thomas]: Here's how Brent Brookhouse called the fight:
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez - Round 1 - Lesnar charges in and Cain is throwing hands and Lesnar with a knee. Right hand by Lesnar. Cain firing punches and Lesnar with a big takedown but Cain gets back to his feet. Elbows to the side of the head by Cain. Brock has him pushed against the cage. Brock dropping down for a double leg and he gets it but Cain stands right back up. Cain manages to get away. Jab by Cain and they're trading hard. Jab by Lesnar. Cain takes Brock down now and has is back. Lesnar stands back up. Lesnar misses a takedown and he's stumbing around. Cain hits him hard and Lesnar is hurt. Cain is on top in side control. Cain landing big punches nows. Cain with knee on belly and he's throwing punches. Lesnar is looking done here. He gets up and eats punches and goes back down. Velasquez landing punches and the fight is stopped! Cain Velasquez wins by TKO (punches), round 1. INCREDIBLE! Velasquez just owned that entire fight.