Cain Velasquez may have proved that he is finally back with a superb victory over Travis Browne at UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Velasquez and Browne each came into this fight with something to prove. Velasquez, while having twice earned the UFC heavyweight championship, has yet to prove that he can stay healthy. He had fought just twice in the three years leading up to this bout. Browne, having bounced between wins and losses, needed to start stringing together some wins.
Unfortunately for Browne, he stood little chance against a Velasquez that was firing on all cylinders.
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From the opening bell, Velasquez wasted no time establishing his jab and attacking Browne’s lead leg with low kicks.
Giving up a five-inch height advantage and two-inch reach advantage, Velasquez’s strategy was simple, use his jab and low kicks to close the distance and put pressure on Browne, which he did well.
Having kept him on the back foot, Velasquez rocked Browne with a punch midway through the opening round, following with a flurry of punches to the body. Browne survived, but then Velasquez attacked again, landing another power punch that put Browne on the canvas.
The former champion followed him down and battered him with a mix of punches to the face and elbows to the head. Browne briefly regained his feet, but Velasquez put him back to the mat, dishing out more right hands to the face.
Browne again escaped to his feet. Velasquez initially had him up against the fence, but then separated and uncorked a left hand that rocked him. Velasquez moved in ….View full article