Cain Velasquez

  • Born: 07/28/1982 in Salinas, California
  • Birthname: Caín Ramirez Velasquez
  • Height & Weight: 6'1", 239 Ib
Titles Won:
  • UFC Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

He is an American professional wrestler and retired professional mixed martial artist. He is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. As a professional wrestler, he has competed for the Mexican promotion AAA and is currently signed to WWE.

At Crown Jewel 2019, Brock Lesnar retained his WWE Championship in 88 seconds, making Velasquez tap out to the Kimura Lock. After the match, Lesnar attacked Velasquez with a steel chair and delivered an F-5 onto another steel chair, before Rey Mysterio intervened and saved him. In April 2020, he was released from his WWE contract due to budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fighting Style

Velasquez has a style that could be described as “swarming”. He moves forward constantly, giving opponents very little room to land clean strikes, all while utilizing powerful and extremely swift punching combinations. He typically starts with a jab, follows up with a hard straight right, and then adds hooks and uppercuts as the fight progresses. He is strong in the clinch, where he throws long combinations that typically end in a takedown. If Velasquez knocks his opponent to the ground during a fight, he often uses grappling skills to maintain a dominant position while he continues to strike from above.

He does not usually attempt submissions. All of his wins have either come by striking from punches, or by decision. Velasquez has also been praised consistently for his cardiovascular training; he has tremendous endurance that allows him to continue to fight aggressively after his opponents have become exhausted, earning him the nickname “Cardio Cain”. Velasquez’s strong cardio also allows him to throw more strikes. As of July 2013, he was ranked Number 1 for the most strikes landed per minute in the UFC.