Cain Velasquez: Underdog Figher Takes Down Brock Lesnar at UFC 121
Former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich once said, "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."
Those words rang true on Saturday night in the UFC 121 Heavyweight Championship bout, as underdog Cain Velasquez took down former undisputed heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar with a first-round TKO.
Plain and simple, Velasquez had more heart.
And he walked away a champion.
"I've never, ever seen anything like that," Tito Ortiz, who has been in the UFC since 1997, told ESPN. "You see Cain Velasquez move, and he looks like a 190-pound guy moving around at 240. He's the best guy in the world right now. He actually made Brock look really, really slow."
UFC president Dana White was also impressed with Saturday's debut bout.
"I think it's a big deal," White told ESPNLosAngeles.com writer Arash Markazi. "Obviously, anyone who was at the weigh-ins sees he has a huge following. The guy has become a huge star overnight, and he looked incredible."
The new champion was just as excited.
"I feel great being the first Mexican heavyweight champion," Velasquez said. "I'm going to keep representing. This belt belongs to the Mexican people here in the United States and in Mexico.
"I want Latinos to get involved in this sport. I think we bring a fighting style that we don't stop. … It's the kind of fight people want to see and the kind of fight I bring."
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