How better could it be for a UFC fighter have the skills of mixed martial arts as well? It’s just like icing on the cake. Such are the skills in an American mixed martial artist of Mexican descent, Cain Velasquez. He is a former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and is ranked as the #3 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Cain Velasquez was born on July 28, 1982, in Salinas, California, U.S. to Efrain and Isabel Velasquez. Efrain (his father) moved to the U.S. from Mexico as an illegal immigrant, where he met American-born Isabel (his mother), 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 and his wife, Michelle, had a daughter on May 6, 2009. The couple married on May 28, 2011.
Education: Cain 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. 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.
Afterwards, 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.
Career: Cain began his mixed martial arts career right after college, joining American Kickboxing Academy. Velasquez is a brown belt in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu under Dave Camarillo, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Leandro Viera, and a NCAA Division I Wrestler.
Velasquez made his UFC debut against Brad Morris at UFC 83 and won by TKO in the first round.
Velasquez faced former Pride Heavyweight Champion and former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on February 20, 2010, at UFC 110. Going into the fight, some commentators predicted that Nogueira would take the victory due to a supposed lack of striking power for Velasquez. They were proven wrong when Velasquez defeated Nogueira via first round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Velasquez earned a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight with then-champ Brock Lesnar. 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. He suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder because of this fight with Lesner. He recovered and returned in February 2011.
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.
On April 29, 2014, the UFC announced that Velasquez and Fabrício Werdum had been selected as coaches for the inaugural instalment 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.
Velasquez has also been praised consistently for his cardiovascular training; he has a 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.
Cain Velasquez Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $3.5 Million US Dollars
Cain Velasquez is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist who has a net worth of $3.5 million US dollars as of 2017. Cain Velasquez has earned his net worth from his fighting career as part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of November of 2011 Sherdog, ESPN and NBC Sports rated Velasquez as a two-time 5A state champion in Arizona, during his high school career he compiled a record of 110-10 for his performance at Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona.
He has his own website which is under construction right now. He has a copyright on his domain name ‘www.cainvelasquez.com’.
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 utilising 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.
Velasquez is known for sporting a prominent “Brown Pride” tattoo on his upper chest. He says this tattoo is a tribute to his Mexican heritage.