Minotauro Nogueira vs Cain Velasquez Full Fight Video

UFC 110 took place on February 20, 2010. The main event was a heavyweight showdown between Minotauro Nogueira and Cain Velasquez.

Nogueira is a well respected, long time veteran of MMA. He fought in the Pride organization for several years before coming over to the UFC in 2007. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over MMA legend Randy Couture. A win over Velasquez would move Big Nog one step closer at a shot for the heavyweight belt.

Velasquez has been undefeated since joining the UFC in 2008. He was 5-0 going into this fight and has defeated fighters Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, Denis Stojnic, Jake O Brien, and Brad Morris. There was a lot of excitement surrounding Velasquez and many thought he was on his way to a title shot. In order to do that he would have to take out the boxing and submission specialist Nogueira.

Round 1:  Both fighters meet in the middle of the Octagon. They circle each other trying to establish the other’s timing. Nog attacks first, throwing a couple of straight jabs. Cain answers back with a couple jabs of his own. They back off and face off again. Cain moves in and lands a stiff leg kick that backs Nog up. Cain backs up slightly and quickly moves in to land a kick to Nog’s arm. Cain tries to come in again and land a quick punch, but Nog counters with one or two shots that backs Cain up.

Nog moves forward as Cain is circling back, looking ready to strike at any moment. They continue feeling each other out in the center for a moment, and Cain throws a leg kick that misses, attempting to close the distance between them. Cain steps forward and feints, which causes Nog to move backward. Nog gets his bearings back and plods forward, ready to engage.

Nog throws a straight jab while Cain kicks to his body. Cain ducks down and backs up momentarily. Nog moves forward and Cain meets him in the center. They each circle each other in the middle of the ring, feinting, but neither one throwing a strike. Cain steps forward and lands a solid leg kick on Nog. Nog backs up for just a second and moves forward again.

Nog moves in an throws a hook at Cain, but Cain counters with a solid left, right combo that connects on Nog’s face. It shakes Nog slightly, but he stands firm in the same spot, then moves forward as if asking Cain for more. Cain backs up slightly and moves forward again. Cain comes in feinting and ducking but throws nothing. Nog circles around looking for a better position and Cain stays right with him.

Nog throws a quick jab while Cain at the same time lands another solid leg kick on Nog. Nog takes the kick and both men circle each other in the center of the ring. Cain steps forward again and throws a quick jab followed by another strong leg kick. It moves Nog slightly sideways, then he replants and moves forward.

Both fighters feint and bounce in and out of range, looking for the perfect range to land a shot. Cain throws a high kick to Nog’s face which gets blocked. Cain circles on the outside while Nog moves forward to engage. Nog throws a couple of jabs that do no damage, then Cain follows up with yet another leg kick.

They clinch in the center and Cain attempts a knee which doesn’t land. Once they break Cain lands a left hand to Nog’s face. They both engage again and Cain lands a slight left hook while Nog’s jab misses the mark. Nog attempts to come in once again with a jab, but Cain responds with 3 or 4 short hooks in a row that catches Nog and drops him to the canvas on his back. Cain rushes forward and lands 4 solid punches to Nog’s face. Nog looks finished at this point, and referee Herb Dean jumps in to stop the fight. Cain Velasquez defeats Minotauro Nogueira by KO in round 1.

Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar Full Fight Video

UFC 121 took place October 23, 2010 from Anaheim, CA. The main event was a heavyweight championship fight between champ, Brock Lesnar, and challenger, Cain Velasquez.

This would be Lesnar’s third title defense in the UFC, previously beating Shane Carwin and Frank Mir. Brock was huge, very athletic, and seemingly unbeatable. He defeated longtime veteran and fan favorite Randy Couture to capture the belt. He had only one loss on his record, a 1st round submission loss to Frank Mir, which he later avenged in the rematch. He did not feel threatened by Velasquez, and was confident that he would leave with the heavyweight belt still around his waist.

Since entering the UFC in 2008, Cain Velasquez had steamrolled every heavyweight they put in his path. He was 6-0, finishing all but one fight by KO. His complete destruction of MMA legend Minotauro Nogueira by KO in round 1 was the convincing victory that earned him the title shot. He was known for his frenetic pace and amazing conditioning, in spite of being a heavyweight. Now it was time to see if he could go all the way and win the heavyweight belt.

Round 1: Lesnar moves sideways to his right, then pauses briefly before charging Velasquez hard. He works to push Cain against the cage, and Cain resists. Brock throws a flying knee to Cain’s body, and follows up quickly with another knee. They separate briefly and Brock charges in with yet another flying knee. The knees land slightly, but not enough to do any damage.

Brock grabs for Cain’s body looking like he wants to go for a takedown, but Cain is able to break away. They face off, throwing jabs at each other. Brock throws more punches but none land flush. Cain tries to come in with punches but Brock ducks down and gets him down on his back. Cain pushes Brock back with his arms and legs, attempting to stand up. Brock tries hard to maintain top position but Cain is able to get up on one leg. Brock holds Cain’s leg while working him back to the cage. Cain tries to defend as Brock still has a hold of his legs and his back against the cage.

Cain drops a few elbows to Brock’s arms, attempting to get him to release his grip. Brock maintains his hold on Cain’s body, hoping for another chance to take him down. Brock lets go of Cain’s leg and leans his body hard on Cain, pressing him solidly into the cage. Cain continues to work trying to find a way to break free, while Brock drops back down grabbing his legs. He scoops Cain up and takes him down, but Cain pops right back up like a cat.

Brock has Cain’s back in the upright position and Cain is working hard to separate Brock’s hands. Brock forces Cain back into the cage leaning solidly onto his back. Cain steps away from the cage and spins to finally break Brock’s grip. They are back in the center again and face off. They each start throwing punches at each other then Cain tries a head kick that misses. They throw a few more jabs at each other then Cain gets a hold of one of Brock’s legs. He takes him down and he has Brock’s back. Cain throws several punches to Brock’s face, while Brock tries to block them with his glove.

Cain is scoring as he switches back and forth between throwing left hands and right hands. He lands a couple of solid hammer fists to the side of Brock’s face. Brock finally bursts forward and is able to stand back up. Cain immediately grabs one of his legs, trying to take him back down but he is unable. Cain lets go and squares up with Brock. Brock’s face is busted up slightly and he looks tired. Cain lands one or two good punches to Brock’s face, and Brock looks bothered by them. Brock throws a weird sideways hammer fist that backs Cain off briefly.

Cain comes right back in, hands up ready to strike. Before he can get off, Brock leans forward like he’s attempting a takedown, and stumbles tiredly from one side of the ring to the other. Cain knows know that Brock is in trouble and follows right behind him. Once Brock stands back up Cain starts teeing off on Brock, landing punch after punch to Brock’s head.

Cain backs up a step and throws a vicious knee that wobbles Brock, followed up by 3 more punches that drop Brock down to the canvas. Cain swarms, aiming punches right at Brock’s face. He lands 2 or 3, then Brock rolls to his side trying to defend. Brock ties up Cain’s arms trying to stop his attack, but Cain is relentless, moving left and right, and throwing punches and elbows. Brock is only trying to survive at this point, covering his face and kicking at Cain trying to move him back. Brock sits up and grabs one of Cain’s legs, Cain pushes him off and both men stand.

Cain wastes no time, and starts teeing off on Brock again, immediately landing two bombs that drop Brock back down to the canvas. Brock’s face grimaces in pain as Cain continues attacking. Brock is trying to cover up, but Cain’s shots are getting through anyway. Brock rolls over and Cain keeps throwing punches to the side of his head. After 2 more punches, Brock rolls over again onto his side where Cain continues the onslaught. After 2 or 3 more unanswered hammer fists to the side of Brock’s head, the referee Herb Dean decided that Lesnar had taken enough damage and comes in to stop the fight.

Cain Velasquez defeats Brock Lesnar by TKO in round 1, and is crowned the new UFC heavyweight champion.

 

Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt Full Fight Video

UFC 160 took place May 25, 2013 from Las Vegas, NV. The co-main event was a heavyweight showdown between Junior Dos Santos and Mark Hunt.

With only one loss on his record to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155, Dos Santos record was perfect. He previously defeated Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 to capture the heavyweight belt in 2011. He defended it once against Frank Mir at UFC 146, then lost it back to Velasquez. A convincing victory against Mark Hunt would propel Dos Santos right back into title contention.

Mark Hunt is a long time MMA veteran who has fought some of the greatest names in the sport, including Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, and Alistair Overeem. He was on a tear, winning 4 of his last 5 UFC bouts. He is known for his knockout power, finishing Check Kongo, Stephan Struve, and Chris Tuchscherer all by KO. A win over Dos Santos would make Mark Hunt a true contender for the championship belt.

Round 1:  They both come out, touch gloves, and face off in the center. Hunt immediately lands a hard leg kick and Dos Santos circles away. Dos Santos is circling on the outside, trying to find his rhythm. Hunt seems to be the aggressor, throwing leg kicks that land. Out of nowhere, Dos Santos drops a bomb of a right hand that drops Hunt to the canvas. Hunt pops right back up while Dos Santos swarms. Hunt shakes it off and they face off once again in the center. Hunt throws some haymakers of his own that barely miss the mark.

Both fighters circle each other, looking for openings to land a big shot. The action stales a little as they both appear to be head hunting. Dos Santos land another strong shot, but Hunt keeps coming forward. Dos Santos is circling backward while Hunt continues coming after him. Dos Santos seems to have the speed advantage, landing constant jabs to Mark Hunt’s body. Finally, the round comes to an end.

Round 2:  They face off once again, Hunt the aggressor. Dos Santos continues loading up on the right hand, looking for opportunities to land. Hunt continues throwing leg kicks that land. They are both attempting to throw haymakers that are just missing the mark. They continue to trade in the center, Hunt throwing more leg kicks, and Dos Santos jabbing to the body and head. Dos Santos starts to find his rhythm, landing 5 to 6 unanswered jabs. Hunt moves forward as Dos Santos tees off on him with stiff and solid jabs.

Dos Santos gets bold and does a spinning back kick that actually lands to Hunt’s midsection. Hunt continues to come forward looking for that big shot. Dos Santos keeps Hunt at bay by circling away and using his quick jab. Hunt catches Dos Santos against the cage and they trade a flurry of hard thrown punches, none which do any major damage. Dos Santos breaks away and goes back to the center. Dos Santos shoots for a takedown and scores right in the center of the ring. He goes into the side control and starts to work his face with his elbow. Dos Santos doesn’t really do any significant damage, controlling Hunt for the remainder of the round. Hunt pops up at the last second and the round ends.

Round 3: They come out to center, touch gloves again, and face off. Hunt once again goes on the hunt, throwing haymakers that are barely missing. Dos Santos continues to circle back, using his jab to keep Hunt at bay. He jabs at both Hunt’s body and head effectively. Both men look weary in the 3rd round, but they continue to engage each other. It’s more of the same throughout the first two minutes with Hunt stalking forward trying to land bombs, while Dos Santos picks him apart from the outside.

Dos Santos throws a kick to the side of Hunt’s body that lands and moves Hunt back. He recovers and moves forward once again, relentless in pushing the action. Dos Santos keeps landing most of the significant shots, jabs to the face and jabs to the body. Now with half the round gone, the action continues the same. Hunt attacking, but not with a sense of urgency. Dos Santos looks very confident, pretty much picking Hunt apart throughout the whole round. Hunt swings wildly two times, just missing the mark, but not by much. Dos Santos uses two jabs to land a solid right which seems to irritate Hunt’s face.

He continues moving forward, determined to bring the fight to Dos Santos. With  under 2 minutes, Hunt is still swinging for the fences, hoping to land that one shot that will take Dos Santos out. Dos Santos jabs a couple more times, then lands a solid punch that staggers Hunt. Dos Santos senses Hunt is in trouble and moves in for the finish, throwing haymakers that barely miss. Hunt answers back by throwing one of his own, but he is still hurt from that Dos Santos left.

They face off in the center of the ring with 1 minute left in the fight. Hunt’s hands are down at his sides as he is extremely tired, but he still manages to throw jabs at Junior. Dos Santos comes forward and throws a spinning back kick that grazes the top of Hunt’s head. Hunt drops to the canvas and Dos Santos swarms him, landing 2 more punches before the referee comes in to stop the fight. Junior Dos Santos is the winner, defeating Mark Hunt by KO in the third round.