Cain Velasquez woke up Sunday morning as the UFC Heavyweight Champion following his thorough demolition of Brock Lesnar.
Though the new 265-pound king might be able to enjoy a day of football in full-fledged relaxation mode, he'll have to get back to the grind soon enough. Nope, there's no rest for the weary if you fancy yourself a warrior and you can bet Velasquez considers himself to be very much that.
At least, I hope he does because the rest of the mixed martial arts world certainly does and rightly so.
The 28-year-old who was born in Salinas, Calif., met Brock's challenge head on, literally. The bull of a man came stampeding across the Octagon to start the scrap, but Velasquez didn't cower.
Instead, he turned away the first advance. Even when the former NCAA champion managed to take Cain to the ground, Velasquez sprung back to his feet with jaw-dropping ease.
Then he actually took Lesnar to the ground after softening him up with some smart bombs during an extended and violent standing exchange. From there, the end was a formality as the former title-holder was on the blinking defensive until Herb Dean saved him from further carnage.
But, now that the celebration is petering out and Velasquez returns to the reality of his accomplishment, it's time to confront the next challenge standing in his way—a future date with No. 1 contender, Junior dos Santos.
Here are 15 things you need to know about the next heavyweight championship bout: