November 13, 2011

Santos Defeats Velasquez to Win Title

By - Kris Fletcher

Junior dos Santos stopped Cain Velasquez just a minute into their UFC heavyweight title bout Saturday night, taking Velasquez's belt and bringing a quick end to the mixed martial arts promotion's first show before millions of presumptive newcomers to the sport.

Photo by: Gary A. Vasquez
The brief fight was the only event on a one-hour broadcast on Fox, which signed the UFC to a seven-year broadcast deal earlier this year. Any newcomers to the sport who tuned in got a small taste of MMA's violence, but not much else.

Santos hit Velasquez with a big right early in the first round, staggering the previously unbeaten champion to the canvas. The Brazilian challenger jumped onto Velasquez, who defended himself briefly before finally succumbing to Santos' relentless ground-and-pound attack.

"All of my fights, I look for the knockout," Santos said afterwards. "My coach used to tell me I've got heavy hands, so I tried to find a time to use them. It's good to use my power, and that worked today."

His next opponent is expected to be the winner of the Brock Lesnar / Alistair Overeem bout December 30th on pay-per-view.

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