UFC 121 turned out to be a great evening of fights … and one big upset for Brock Lesnar, who was dethroned as the UFC’s Heavyweight champ by the still-undefeated Cain Velasquez.

Just three months after returning to the octagon and retaining the title, following a nearly career-ending illness, Lesnar was annihilated by 28-year-old Velasquez with a first-round TKO on Saturday (October 23) in Anaheim, Calif.

Lesnar came out quickly, charging Velasquez in the opening seconds with a flying knee, before taking him to the canvas. In the first two minutes, Lesnar was able to take down the challenger twice.

However, the Mexican American fighter turned the tables on the champ shortly after, taking him to the ground and throwing blow after blow to the head while in a dominating position on Lesnar’s back.

And … that was pretty much all she wrote for Lesnar’s offense for the fight.

At around 2:25 left in the first, Lesnar stumbled across the octagon and when he finally made it to his feet, he was met with Velasquez’s fists. Velasquez landed a knee and numerous punches, but it was the final two-punch combo that dropped Lesnar … which was immediately followed by a brutal ground and pound exercise.

Lesnar was taking so much punishment, ref Herb Dean finally stepped in and called the fight, making Velasquez the new UFC Heavyweight champion. While he celebrated, Lesnar said on a stool while docs looked at his bloodied face.

Although Lesnar usually doesn’t have too many nice things to say about his opponents, in this case, he said he knew Velasquez would bring it … and complimented him on his performance.

“I expected nothing less,” Lesnar said, following the defeat. “I knew there was a great challenge in front of me. He’s a great fighter. What can I say? He was better than me tonight.”

Velasquez said he prepared for the fight, specifically working on things like Lesnar shooting in for the takedown, so when it happened, he was prepared. But, in the end, it was his determination that made him the victor.

“I didn’t want to hold anything back,” Velasquez said afterward. “We worked on all these scenarios.”

Velasquez improved to a 9-0 record, eight wins by knockout and one by unanimous decisions; and Lesner fell to 7-2, his last loss coming at the hands of Frank Mir at UFC 81 by a kneebar submission.

It was definitely a defining moment in Cain Velasquez’s career.

The loss marks the second upset of a top-ranked MMA heavyweight this year. Back in June, Fedor Emelianenko — who has been considered by many to be the #1 heavyweight in the world — was submitted by Fabricio Werdum during Strikeforce’s main event.

In the undercards of the evening, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields won his UFC against Martin Kampmann in a split decision; Diego Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Paulo Thiago; Matt Hamill took a unanimous decision over UFC legend Tito Ortiz; and “TUF” Season 10 contestant Brendan Schaub cruised to a unanimous decision over Gabriel Gonzaga in a featured heavyweight duel.

UFC’s next event will be on November 13th, featuring Nate Marquardt versus Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in Germany.

Then, Rampage Jackson will take on Lyoto Machida at UFC 123 on November 20 in Michigan. It will also feature a bout between BJ Penn and Matt Hughes.


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