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Last night's main event an only fight to air live on Fox for UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. dos Santos was scheduled from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET but only took 64 seconds to end.
Cain Velasquez was making his return after re-habbing a shoulder injury sustained when he won the heavyweight championship against Brock Lesnar in October 2010.
Velasquez came in a little heavier than usual to this fight at 249 pounds, and it looked as if ring rust may have been a factor. Instead of using his collegiate wrestling base to clinch up with Junior dos Santos or take him to the ground, the champion chose to feel out the stand up game and paid dearly for it.
Dos Santos landed a hard overhand right that wobbled the champion, and Dos Santos smelling blood was like a dog on raw meat, following up with ground-and-pound and ultimately forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight.
Ring rust aside, apparently dos Santos injured his meniscus prior to the fight and had to take a cortisone injection to fight, so he wasn't 100 percent himself.
Velasquez suffered the first loss of his career and will definitely be looking to get back in the mix sooner rather than later. Former opponent Cheick Kongo has called for a rematch with Velasquez, and last night at the post-fight press conference the former champion accepted the challenge.
Aside from dos Santos, Kongo is the only man to have given Velasquez problems, and the fact that Kongo is 3-0-1 in his last four, it would make sense to have these two duke out to move closer to a title shot.
Leon Horne is a writer for Bleacher Report and is part of the BR MMA Interview Team,
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