Brock Lesnar’s reign as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s heavyweight title holder came to an end at UFC 121 on Saturday night as Cain Velasquez won by TKO in the opening round.
Lesnar came out with a flurry, taking Velasquez to the mat in the opening minute. That usually spells doom for opponents, but Velasquez showed off his agility and got to his feet without much damage done.
A little more than two minutes into the fight, it was his turn to take Lesnar to the mat. Velasquez made it count, connecting on a number of punches before Lesnar got to his feet.
The damage had been done, though. The Alexandria resident looked dazed as he stumbled across the octagon just seconds later. He got to his feet before Velasquez met him with another flurry of punches and a knee to the chin. A hard blow to Lesnar’s head sent him to the mat as Velasquez pounced on him with another round of punches before the match was called at 4:12 in the first round.
Lesnar was humbled in his post-fight comments in the octagon. He gave credit to his opponent, who showed off a lot of athleticism to make up for the distinct size advantage he had to overcome.
“I expected nothing less,” Lesnar said after the fight. “He’s a great fighter…What can I say? He was better than me tonight.”
The win gave Velasquez the heavyweight title and moved him to 9-0 in his mixed martial arts career and 7-0 in UFC fights. Lesnar fell to 5-2. It was his first loss since he fell to Frank Mir in 2008 during his UFC debut.