Great Dubstep … Great Highlight
The fight wasn’t close, as Velasquez showed vastly superior technique and unloaded on Lesnar on the ground until Lesnar’s face was a bloody mess and referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight.
“I trained for a five-round fight and that’s what I was hoping for,” Velasquez said afterward. “I wasn’t expecting this. You can’t expect a first-round stoppage.”
Lesnar went on the attack from the get-go, tying Velasquez up, going for a takedown and getting Velasquez on his back 30 seconds into the first round. But Velasquez didn’t have any trouble shrugging Lesnar off and getting back up to his feet and against the cage. Both Velasquez and Lesnar are former NCAA All-American wrestlers, and it was clear that they both felt like they could be successful grappling with the other.
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UFC 125 “Resolution”
Saturday, Jan. 1
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
* Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares
Current Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Antonio McKee will make his promotional debut in a preliminary matchup against Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 “Resolution” on Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Seven fights are now official for the event, which will air live on pay-per-view.
McKee will carry an 11-fight winning streak into the match. An International Fight League veteran, he stopped Luciano Azevedo — the only man to defeat current World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Jose Aldo — on first-round strikes at MFC 26 in September. McKee has not lost a fight in nearly eight years and owns other notable victories against former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Delson Heleno, UFC veteran Marcus Aurelio and two-time Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight tournament finalist Toby Imada.
Spawned by the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Volkmann last appeared at UFC Live 2 in August, when he defeated Paul Kelly by unanimous decision at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego. A decorated amateur wrestler, the 30-year-old was a Big Ten conference champion and three-time Div. I All-American at the University of Minnesota. Volkmann, who once held the Victory Fighting Championship welterweight crown, has secured more than half (six) of his 11 career wins by submission. He has been finished only once — by the world-ranked Martin Kampmann — in 13 professional appearances.
A lightweight title bout pairing champion Frankie Edgar with undefeated challenger Gray Maynard will headline UFC 125, along with a pivotal heavyweight tilt between the once-beaten Shane Carwin and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 winner Roy Nelson. In addition, the oft-injured Thiago Silva will toe the line against Brandon Vera in a featured duel at 205 pounds. A lightweight duel pitting former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Takanori Gomi against Clay Guida and a middleweight battle pairing former WEC champion Brian Stann with Chris Leben will round out the main card.
Episode six of “The Ultimate Fighter 12” netted 1.7 million viewers this week, a decline from last week’s 1.9 million who tuned in to watch the show. The episode earned a 1.3 household rating, also a modest decline from the previous episode’s rating on 1.34.
The show also captured a 1.71 rating in the male 18-49 demographic and a 1.94 in males aged 18-34. Both numbers are down from last week.
Episode six followed a similar trend to this season’s past installments, starting slow with a 1.14 in the first fifteen minutes and finishing strong in the last quarter hour with a 1.42.
Two fights were featured this week, as Team GSP swept both bouts and improved to 5-1 on the season. In the first contest, Cody McKenzie caught Marc Stevens in his trademark guillotine, causing Team Koscheck’s number one pick to lose consciousness early in round one. In fight two, Jonathan Brookins submitted Sevak Magakian by rear naked choke in equally impressive fashion.
Additionally, the final installment of the UFC’s three-part series hyping the UFC 121 main event between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez earned an average of 1.2 million viewers, an improvement over the previous episode’s 1.1 million and the debut’s 974,000 viewers.
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