Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva: Where Does It Rank Among Cain's Victories?

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIMay 26, 2013

May 25, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Cain Velasquez celebrates his victory against Antonio Silva following UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cain Velasquez once again proved why he's the best heavyweight in MMA with his quick finish of Antonio Silva at UFC 160 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

While it wasn't a barnburner for the UFC champ, the first-round TKO of "Bigfoot" does rank high on Velasquez's list of victories.

In terms of dominance, I'd say that the heavyweight king's rematch with Junior dos Santos and his championship-winning fight with Brock Lesnar are his two most impressive performances.

In those two bouts, Velasquez absolutely dominated "Cigano" and Lesnar, showcasing both his heavy hands and his ability to wear out some of the best in the division.

However, I'd definitely rank Saturday night's victory in the top five.

What makes the champ's win over Silva so noteworthy is because of how fast Velasquez was able to take out the giant.

In their first meeting, it took the champ just under four minutes into the first round to defeat Silva while their second matchup on Saturday barely went past the first minute.

While their first fight was certainly bloodier, I'd argue that the champ's second win over "Bigfoot" showed off more of Velasquez's devastating explosiveness. The heavyweight king absolutely manhandled Silva. The champ dominate by throwing him around with relative ease and pressuring him with strikes for the entire bout.

The win, the fastest in the champ's career, was a solid showcasing of his technical prowess and elite athletic ability.

Velasquez's victory may have been just another day in the office for the champ; however, it will definitely be a performance that people will remember.

 

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