Cain Ramirez Velasquez is the current UFC® Heavyweight Champion and one of the biggest heavyweight stars in all of MMA. Cain is known for his incredible wrestling, knockout power and athleticism.
Born in Salinas, California, Cain began wrestling at an early age. He attended Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona, where he played football and wrestled. Cain showed great potential as a wrestler and was the two-time Arizona High School State Wrestling Champion. Following high school, he attended Iowa Central Community College, becoming the Junior College Wrestling National Champion. Extremely talented and possessing an undeniable work ethic, Cain stood out and caught the eye of Arizona State head coach Thom Ortiz, who offered Cain a full scholarship. While at ASU, he earned the honors of two-time NCAA All-American, two-time Pac-10 Heavyweight Champion, 2005 Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year and a BS degree in Education. Prior to his senior year in college, Cain expressed an interest in mixed martial arts to Ortiz, who promised to help find him the best agent once he completed his wrestling career. Cain’s goal of becoming NCAA Champion fell short, but that only fueled his desire to become the best MMA fighter in the world.
Cain exploded onto the MMA scene with his UFC® debut at UFC® 83 against Brad Morris. Cain’s relentless punches ended the fight in the first round and Cain was declared winner by TKO. Cain’s pace and dominance proved impressive to both fans and industry insiders. He went on to defeat Jake O’Brien at UFC® Fight Night 14 by TKO in the first and Denis Stojnic at UFC® Fight Night 17 by TKO in round two, proving himself as a legitimate force in the heavyweight division. Next came high-profile victories over Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, setting Cain up for his showdown with UFC® Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at UFC® 121. Cain dominated the match, running his career record to 9-0 and capturing what many now consider the most prestigious title in all of combat sports. After losing the belt in November 2011, Cain vowed to come back stronger than ever and return to the top of the MMA mountain. He got his wish with a rematch with Junior dos Santos in December 2012, dominating the five-round fight and recapturing the championship belt. With his supreme talent and unrivaled drive, Cain looks poised to rule the heavyweight division for a long time to come.