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Cain Velasquez Biography
Cain Velasquez is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist who is best known for winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship twice by defeating Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos. He currently ranks 3rd on the official UFC heavyweight rankings.
UFC describes him as one of the most feared, as well as most popular, MMA fighters of recent times. He earned the nickname ‘Cardio Cain’ for his tremendous endurance, which allows him to relentlessly fight with aggression. He is also known for his one-punch power. He usually wins his fights either by striking from punches or by decision and does not go for submission attempts. As a child, he was motivated by the sacrifices of his father, who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally in search of a better life. He learned from his father that with hard work and consistent efforts, any goal can be achievable. Proud of his Mexican heritage, he carries the Mexican flag every time he fights. Even though not very fluent, he can speak Spanish and has made guest appearances on Spanish-language television networks like Telemundo and Univision, and the Mexican channel Televisa Deportes. He was a featured guest on the TBS late night show ‘Lopez Tonight’.
Cain Velasquez Age
Cain is 36 years old as of 2018. He was born on 28 July 1982, in Salinas, California, United States
Cain Velasquez Education
Cain Velasquez was born in Salinas, California to Efrain and Isabel Velasquez. Efrain moved to the U.S. from Sinaloa, Mexico as an undocumented immigrant, where he met American-born Isabel. They started a relationship and later married, which allowed Efrain to attain U.S. citizenship. The Velasquez family had three children: Efrain Jr., Adela, and Cain.
Velasquez was raised in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from Kofa High School, where he compiled a record of 110–10 in four years of wrestling, including winning the 5A Arizona Wrestling Championship twice. Velasquez also played football for three years. As a senior, he served as captain of both his wrestling and football teams. As a football player, he played linebacker
After high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College, wrestling for one season (2001–02) and winning the NJCAA National Championship in the heavyweight (285 lb limit) division. Afterward, Velasquez transferred to Arizona State University. He wrestled for the Sun Devils for three seasons and compiled a record of 86–17, placing 5th in the country in 2005, and 4th in 2006. While at ASU, Velasquez also wrestled alongside future UFC fighters Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
Does Cain Velasquez have any children?
He has a daughter, reportedly named Coral Love Velasquez. She was born on May 6, 2009. Although there has been no birth announcement as yet, it was reported that Velasquez was due to become a father again in November 2017. He indicated on Twitter that he and his wife would be welcoming a son
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Cain and Michelle Velasquez (nee Borquez) were married in Arizona on May 28, 2011, after having dated since 2007. His past dating life has been very quiet, with no reports of previous dating history.
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With his victory over Nogueira, Velasquez earned a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight with then-champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. UFC President Dana White announced via SportsNation that the UFC would be bringing back UFC Primetime to promote Lesnar vs. Velasquez. Velasquez defeated Lesnar via TKO in the first round, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Velasquez suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder during his fight with Lesnar and was expected to be sidelined for at least six to eight months. Surgery on the shoulder was successful and Velasquez planned to return as early as Fall 2011.
Velasquez was expected to make his first title defense against Junior dos Santos, with a target date of November 19, 2011, at UFC 139, but the fight was later moved to November 12, 2011, to headline the first UFC on Fox 1 event. Velasquez suffered his first loss, via KO (punches), at 1 minute and 4 seconds of the first round. While not public information at the time, it was later revealed that Dos Santos already had a minor knee injury (a torn meniscus), and took an injection of cortisone into the knee before the fight, followed by information revealing that Velasquez had re-injured his rotator cuff approximately a week before the fight. Junior dos Santos would undergo knee surgery following the fight.
Velasquez was originally set to fight Frank Mir on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146. However, Mir was moved up to face Junior dos Santos after Alistair Overeem was suspended for elevated testosterone levels. Velasquez instead faced Antônio Silva. Velasquez defeated Silva via first-round TKO, in a fight that saw Silva bleed profusely from his forehead. After the fight, Dana White strongly hinted that Velasquez would be the next fighter to challenge for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. It is widely thought that the reason White made the decision to have the rematch with Dos Santos at such an unexpected time, was because of the fact that both fighters were injured going into their first fight.
A rematch was expected with Junior dos Santos on September 22, 2012, at UFC 152. However, it was later announced by Dana White that the date for the rematch had been set to December 29 at UFC 155. In the rematch, Velasquez defeated Dos Santos in a dominating performance via unanimous decision (50–45, 50–43, and 50–44) to regain the UFC heavyweight title. Velasquez became the first fighter in UFC history to post triple digits in significant strikes landed and double digits in takedowns landed in a single fight, landing 111 significant strikes and 11 takedowns in his second fight against Dos Santos.
In his first title defense, Velasquez defeated Antônio Silva in a rematch on May 25, 2013, at UFC 160. He defeated him via TKO (punches) at 1:21 seconds into the first round.
A rubber match with Junior dos Santos took place at UFC 166 on October 19, 2013, in Houston, Texas. He defended his title for a second time again defeating dos Santos in a mostly one-sided affair ending in TKO at 3:09 of the fifth round.
On April 29, 2014, the UFC announced that Velasquez and Fabrício Werdum had been selected as coaches for the inaugural installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, with the two expected to face each other on November 15, 2014, at UFC 180. However, on October 21, 2014, it was announced that Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee, and will be replaced by Mark Hunt. On October 23, 2014, Velasquez underwent successful surgery to repair his torn meniscus.
A rescheduled bout with UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum took place on June 13, 2015, at UFC 188. In a back-and-forth affair, Velasquez lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the third round.
Where does Cain Velasquez train, who is his trainer?
The MMA fighter trains with American Kickboxing Academy. He has different trainers for each of his individual disciplines, namely Daniel Cormier in wrestling, Javier Mendez in Muay Thai, Leandro Vieira in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (for which Velasquez holds a black belt), and Joe Grosso for strength training.
How much does Cain Velasquez weigh?
As per his official UFC fighter profile, Cain Velasquez weighs 240 lbs or 108.9 kg. He fights in the UFC as a heavyweight.
Velasquez’s net worth
Reports on Cain Velasquez’s net worth vary greatly, with Wealtholino Magazine estimating his net worth in 2017 at $5million, with Net Worth Post estimating a more modest $900,000, also in 2017. Wealtholino Magazine estimates that Velasquez earns $1million annually, with around $400,000 of that being his earnings per fight.
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Cain Velasquez’s future past Francis Ngannou depends on teammate Daniel Cormier
Published: Feb 17, 2019
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Cain Velasquez can’t really plan his next steps after he fights Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC Phoenix on Sunday.
It’s not just that Ngannou is a tough opponent, not one to look past. Velasquez could theoretically be in a No. 1 contender or even title fight if he wins in the ESPN headliner. But there could be limitations to what the former UFC heavyweight champion can do.
Daniel Cormier, Velasquez’s close friend and longtime teammate at American Kickboxing Academy, is the current heavyweight titleholder. Velasquez and Cormier will not fight each other — that is well documented. So Velasquez will go into this bout with Ngannou without truly knowing what he’s fighting for, other than a victory in his first walk to the Octagon since UFC 200 in July 2016.
Cormier, 39, was supposed to retire next month on his 40th birthday. That will no longer happen, he said Monday on The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas. A back injury has sidelined him temporarily and he still wants to fight at least one more times. Meanwhile UFC president Dana White foresees three more fights for DC: rematches with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic and a big money fight versus Brock Lesnar.
If Cormier remains the heavyweight champion for three more fights, which could very well last more than a year, Velasquez could be in some limbo. And he’s completely fine with that.
“For Daniel, it’s just like whatever he wants to do,” Velasquez said. “Whatever he wants to do. If he wants to retire soon, then I believe in that, then do that. But if he doesn’t I understand him as a competitor. He’s an extremely competitive guy. He’s a gamer. When the time comes, he’s on. It all depends on what he wants to do in his career right now. So, I’ve got his back 100 percent, whatever he wants to do. He has my support.”
Velasquez, 36, and Cormier have both called each other “brothers.” Cormier has spoken about how Velasquez cried when he became double champion, beating Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 226 last July. So it’s no surprise that Velasquez has no problem deferring to his teammate.
“I see it as because we’ve helped each other out with our whole careers, coming into the UFC, into fighting,” Velasquez said. “Whenever he goes out there and wins, that’s a part of me winning out there. I’ve helped him and vice versa. He’s helped me and I know he feels the same way. When he fights, there’s a lot of pressure on me. It’s like I’m fighting out there. When he wins, it’s like I won. I was able to be a part of that.
“So again, whatever he wants to do, I’m behind him. But I’m just glad that I got to do that with him. I got to experience those years of training with him. And that we got to help each other through this career.”
Velasquez (14-2) is taking the same tact when it comes to a potential third fight between Cormier and Jones at heavyweight. If DC wants it, Velasquez said he’ll be behind it. If not? That’s OK, too.
“I’m supporting him,” Velasquez said. “If he doesn’t, then I understand that as well. That’s not for him. I understand that. So it’s not so much, yeah I want to see that matchup so bad. It’s what DC wants to do. Look what he’s done. Does he need to do more? That’s up to him. Whatever he wants to do, I’m good with. I’m happy with.”