Former Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, was tonight (Sat., July 9, 2016) looking to get back on the path to reclaiming his crown at the expense of hulking top-ranked division contender, Travis Browne, in the opening pay-per-view (PPV) fight inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he did just that, turning in a classic -- and creative striking -- performance en route to a very impressive first round technical knockout.
Velasquez opened the bout with a nice left hook, but Browne responded with a cleaner -- and harder -- overhand counter immediately after. Velasquez apparently didn't want to play punch face for very long, so he shot in for a single-leg takedown and tied up the huge Hawaiian along the cage. Browne was soon able to break free as Velasquez continued to stalk him around the Octagon, looking to close the distance. Velasquez landed a terrific spinning wheel kick, which stunned Browne, and he swarmed him with huge shots along the fence. Browne staggered when Velasquez drilled him again and soon "Brown Pride had him in a ball at the bottom of the fence, nailing him with incessant ground-and-pound. Browne attempted to get back to his feet numerous times and finally was able to do so with one minute remaining in the round. But, Velasquez drilled him with more bombs, forcing Browne to turtle on his belly as the former champion boxed his ears. It seemed as though Browne would be saved by the bell, but the referee called off Velasquez with three seconds remaining in the first round.
It was a vintage performance from Velasquez. He was relentless, aggressive and just a straight up savage, who appeared to add a few new tricks to his repertoire while he was on the sidelines.
Look out, Stipe Miocic!
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