Name – Cain Velasquez
Current Age – 33
Record – 13-2
Weight Class – Heavyweight (265 pounds)
Height – 6’1”
Reach – 77”
Team/Gym – American Kickboxing Academy

Striking 8/10

Powerful with great movement for a heavyweight, Velasquez is a dangerous matchup on the feet. But where he does his best striking is on the ground; Velasquez is a master of “Ground and Pound”. Velasquez is simply relentless in his punishment from the top.

Wrestling/Grappling 10/10

A former elite Division I wrestler, Velasquez is a grappling machine and is great at chaining together grappling techniques to bring the fight to the ground. From there, Velasquez is tremendous at passing the guard and getting himself into perfect position to dominate his opponent.

Submissions 8/10

While he has yet to score a submission victory, Velasquez is a black belt in BJJ under Leandro Vieira. Velasquez is a dominating grappler from the top and his lack of submission wins isn’t surprising considering just how devastating his “Ground and Pound” is.

Athleticism/Conditioning 10/10

Quick, agile and strong Velasquez is a solid natural athlete but where he leaves other heavyweights in the dust is in his conditioning. Outside of his loss at altitude in Mexico City, Velasquez has never even looked tired during a fight. He establishes a strong pace early and he can keep going well into the championship rounds.

Fight IQ 9/10

Incredibly smart and focused, Velasquez is always mentally prepared when he steps inside the Octagon; it also helps that he is supported by one of the best teams in MMA. The staff at AKA always does a great job of preparing their fighters and they know how to get the most out of their fighters in-between rounds.

Overall 45/50

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