UFC on Fox 1 was a monumental night for the UFC, as it was their first-ever event on network television.  The show took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and aired live on Fox TV.  It featured a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez and top title contender Junior dos Santos.  This event also played host to a typical full UFC card which was aired on Facebook and FoxSports.com.  This portion of the event was highlighted by the co-main event between Clay Guida and Ben Henderson.

Junior dos Santos KO’s Cain Velasquez to Become New Heavyweight Champion

This fight had been hyped for months as the two best heavyweights in the world battling it out to see who is the true king of the heavyweight division.  At 1:04 of the first round, dos Santos showed the world that he is that man, as he knocked out Cain Velasquez to become the new UFC heavyweight champion.

Junior came out a little tentative, trying to find his range while Velasquez landed some leg kicks.  While Velasquez moved forward to initiate the striking, dos Santos stayed on the outside looking to find his range. When he did, it only took one punch to send Velasquez to the canvas.  Dos Santos caught Velasquez with an overhand right that landed flush against the ear and sent Velasquez down to the mat.  From there, dos Santos swarmed all over Velasquez, eventually knocking him unconscious.  With the first-round knockout, the title reign of Junior dos Santos begins.

Henderson out works Guida, Earns Lightweight Title Shot

Ben Henderson and Clay Guida are two of the top contenders in the lightweight division and tonight they battled to see who would get the title shot.  With two of the best wrestlers in the division, both of whom have unbelievable cardio, this fight was sure to offer fireworks and it did exactly that.  This fight had everything a fan could ask for, from knock downs to submission attempts.

From the opening bell, Henderson and Guida went at it.  To start the fight they both stood in the pocket exchanging punches, with Henderson getting the better of the exchanges.  Henderson would eventually clip Guida, forcing Guida to go for a takedown and attempt to regain his composure.  The first round went to Henderson, but both fighters gave it everything they had.

The second round was more of the same.  Both fighters exchanged punches and traded scrambles.  Neither fighter gained a significant advantage as they both found themselves in dominant positions, but neither one could really capitalize.  For the entire second round the fight went back and forth with neither fighter giving an inch.

The third was a repeat of the first and second, more great wrestling scrambles and solid exchanges in the striking game.  Again, neither fighter gained a significant advantage, but it was Henderson that seemed to have a slight advantage in the overall fight.  When the fight ended, there was not a fan in the seats as everybody was standing and cheering for these two warriors.  After the judges’ scorecards came in, it was Henderson that earned the decision victory and the title shot that comes with it.

Poirier Schools Garza, Earns Submission Victory

Dustin Poirier continues to be one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC and tonight he proved why.  Against a very tough and skilled Pablo Garza, Poirier looked like he was in there with someone who had never fought before.  From the opening bell Poirier completely out classed Garza and earned a submission victory in the second round.

In the first round Poirier started out slow, picking his shots and making sure that he stayed out of Garza’s range. When the fight went to the ground, the place where Garza might have an advantage, Poirier dominated there too.  Poirier was never in any kind of danger and was able to do everything that he wanted to do in this fight before finishing it in the second round with a darce choke.

Swanson Comes Up Short as Lamas Earns the Victory

Cub Swanson came out early and tried to take the fight to Ricardo Lamas, but it was not meant to be.  Swanson looked good in the first round.  He was light on his feet, his striking looked solid and he attempted a few submissions, but that was not enough to get by a determined Lamas.

Lamas weathered the storm and continued to battle, never backing down from Swanson.  Swanson did enough to win the first round but Lamas was never deterred and when the bell sounded the start of the second round, he showed it.  After a brief exchange on the feet, Lamas ducked in for a takedown.  Once he got the fight to the ground he was able to get the finish.  Lamas was able to tie up Swanson’s arm and immediately went for an arm triangle.  Once he had it cinched in, Swanson was forced to tap. Lamas wins by submission in the second round.

Undercard summary

Damarques Johnson made short work of Clay Harvison, knocking him out in the first round.

Darren Uyenoyama survived a broken nose to outlast “Kid” Yamamoto.  Uyenoyama was able to control most of this fight with his superior grappling skills and earned a unanimous decision victory over Yamamoto.

Robert Peralta got the TKO victory over Mackens Semerzier.  In a fight that went back and forth, it was Peralta that ultimately got the victory.  After being dominated in the first round, Peralta was able to battle back.  The fight was not without controversy though, as an accidental head butt sent Semerzier to the canvas, allowing Peralta to move in and get the finish.

Full fight card summary

  • Junior Dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:04 – becomes new heavyweight champ
  • Ben Henderson def. Clay Guida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 1:32
  • Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:16
  • DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:34
  • Darren Uyenoyama def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
  • Robert Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 1:54
  • Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Aaron Rosa def. Matt Lucas via majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)

Photo: Junior dos Santos lands right hand on Cain Velasquez (Tracy Lee/Yahoo Sports)